Australia has won its first-ever T20 World Cup by triumphing against New Zealand by 8 wickets in the final.
Mitch Marsh was the architect of the victory, scoring 77 from 50 balls. There were crucial contributions from David Warner 53(38) and Josh Hazlewood (3/16).
Skipper Kane Williamson's majestic 85 off 48 deliveries went in vain.
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Devon Conway missed the final as he broke his right hand when punching the bat in disappointment in the game against England. He was replaced by wicket-keeper Tim Seifert. Australia went in with an extra batsman while New Zealand continued to have 5 bowlers.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Tim Seifert(w), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Marsh and Warner sizzle for Australia
Chasing a competitive 172, Australia lost Finch early. But the arrival of Marsh changed the dynamic as he hit his first three balls for two fours and a six. Warner, on the other hand, took a bit of time to settle. Soon he got into his groove as well as both batsmen plundered the New Zealand attack.
The introduction of the spinners swung the game even more towards Australia. The left and right combination had worked well for Australia as both batsmen didn't let the spinners settle. Marsh welcomed Santner with a six while Warner punished Sodhi for 17 runs. At the halfway mark Australia was at 82 for 1 and the game was in the balance.
Neesham wasn't spared either as both Marsh and Warner hit him for a six. Warner got to his fifty after that six in 34 deliveries. Williamson had to bring on Boult in search of a wicket and he delivered, with the wicket of Warner.
Marsh completed his fifty and also reached 600 runs in the calendar year, the first Australian to do so. New Zealand's hopes of a comeback were squashed by Glenn Maxwell as he played a little cameo of 28(18)*. Maxwell hit the winning runs with a reverse sweep and Australia got home with 7 balls to spare.
Captain Kane delivers under pressure
After losing the toss and being put in to bat, New Zealand lost the hero of the semifinal, Daryl Mitchell early. Guptill struggled badly for timing and Williamson too started slowly. This meant slow going for the kiwis. After 10 overs the score was just 57 for 1.
Williamson changed gears after the drinks break as he punished Starc with three fours. Zampa dismissed the struggling Martin Guptill for 28(35). But Williamson carried on as he hit Maxwell for two sixes and completed his fifty which was the fastest ever in the finals of the T20 WC.
Williamson then destroyed Starc as he hit the fast bowler for 4 fours and a six to get 22 runs off the 16th over. Hazlewood struck in quick succession as he dismissed both Williamson and Glenn Phillips 18(17) in the same over. Neesham then struck a few blows to take the Black Caps past 170.