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AS IT HAPPENED: Mighty Marsh takes Australia to World Cup glory

14th November, 2021
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First Innings: Australia

2/173

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14th November, 2021
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Australia

2/173

Australia win by 8 wickets

0/43 (3.5) *Southee O: 18.5
0/30 (4.0) Milne RR:8.24
12.2
2/107
Warner ()
2.3
1/15
Finch ()
First Innings: New Zealand4/172RR: 7.37O: 20.0

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First Innings: New Zealand 4/172 RR: 7.37 O: 20.0
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR

Extras

(b 1, lb 3, w 4, nb 1)

9  
Total 172  
Bowlers O M R W Ec
M.A. Starc 4.0 0 60 0 15.00
J.R. Hazlewood 4.0 0 16 3 4.00
G.J. Maxwell 3.0 0 28 0 9.33
P.J. Cummins 4.0 0 27 0 6.75
A. Zampa 4.0 0 26 1 6.50
M.R. Marsh 1.0 0 11 0 11.00
First Innings: Australia 2/173 RR: 8.24 O: 18.5
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR

Extras

(b 0, lb 4, w 6, nb 0)

10  
Total 173  
Bowlers O M R W Ec
T.A. Boult 4.0 0 18 2 4.50
T.G. Southee 3.5 0 43 0 11.22
A.F. Milne 4.0 0 30 0 7.50
I.S. Sodhi 3.0 0 40 0 13.33
M.J. Santner 3.0 0 23 0 7.67
J.D.S. Neesham 1.0 0 15 0 15.00

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The 2021 T20 World Cup reaches its conclusion this morning, when Australia takes on New Zealand in the final in Dubai. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 1am (AEDT).

In a format of cricket which is often unpredictable, it’s fitting that the two runners-up in their respective groups have made it to the decider. Now, we have a team in the Black Caps looking to get over their ODI World Cup despair in 2019, versus a team in Australia looking to win their first T20 World Cup. It should be a cracker.

New Zealand came into this tournament as one of the favourites and have justified that tag. They are sitting as outsiders with most bookies and that must surely be because they are seeking just their second piece of world cricket silverware, after their World Test Championship triumph earlier this year. On form alone, it is hard to tip against them.

Their batting line-up is impressive, with the hard-hitting Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips supported by Kane Williamson in the accumulating role. Elsewhere, the lesser-known Daryl Mitchell was the hero in the semi final. However, the loss of wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Conway to injury, having broken his hand punching his bat after being dismissed against England, is a blow to the Black Caps.

Similarly, New Zealand’s bowling attack will trouble Australia’s top order. Trent Boult and Tim Southee are likely to get early swing and will be keen to make some inroads during the PowerPlay. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi is one of the best T20 turners in the world, and forms a lethal slow-bowling partnership with the miserly Mitchell Santner.

Australia have built perfectly through the World Cup, and may have timed their run to peak at the perfect point. They have embraced the underdog status, with many pundits pre-tournament not giving them a chance.

Anyone in the top seven can do the job for the Aussies, with Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade rescuing their team in the semi-final with an heroic stand to steal victory from Pakistan. David Warner is amongst the runs again, while Mitchell Marsh too can quickly take a game away from the opposition.

At the biggest occasion, can the out-of-form Glenn Maxwell deliver the knock that he is capable of?

Australia’s pace bowling trio were always expected to play a large role in this tournament. However, Adam Zampa went in not overly confident of holding his place in the team, he will come out of this tournament as one of the first players to be picked for Australia in this format.

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Prediction
There is no doubt that New Zealand’s desire to win this World Cup will be massive. However, with that desire comes a whole lot of pressure, and it remains to be seen how the Black Caps will handle that.

Australia have got better with each game and will go into this one with the backs to the wall mentality that Australian teams tend to thrive on.

They haven’t performed to absolute capacity yet, but that might be about to happen in the big one.

Australia by 10 runs or 4 wickets.

Game information

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
First ball: 1am (AEDT)
TV: Fox Cricket
Streaming: Kayo Sports
Betting: New Zealand $2.34, Australia $1.60 – odds via PlayUp

Teams

Australia
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.

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New Zealand
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

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