Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Live Cricket Score - New Zealand vs Australia, Final, T20 WC 2021. Australia become first-time T20 World Champions
Australia become first-time T20 World Champions
AUSTRALIA ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS
What a night for Australia! The one trophy that's eluded them for so long has been bagged in some style. They started the tournament in the Group of Death without any expectations pinned on them of even making the last-four. More so, since being humbled by England. BUt they've bounced back, and how! One incredible heist in the semifinal and a thorougly dominant batting performance in the final later, Australia get their name etched on that coveted trophy.
And what a night for David Warner. Just a few months ago there were suggestions that his time was up in the game. But he's knocked back those naysayers in true Warner style with two crucial fiery knocks in the semifinal and the final. It's also time to doff your hat to Mitchell Marsh, who has been Australia's T20 constant this year. He's taken the biggest stage and made it his absolute own, finishing with 77 off 50 balls.
Spare a thought for Kane Williamson who did so well to drag his team to 172/4 but his bowlers couldn't quite turn up like he did o
Tristan Lavalette @trislavalette This is particularly sweet for Mitch Marsh – one of cricket's nice guys who has been unfairly maligned for so long #T20WorldCupFinal 05:08 PM • Nov 11, 2021
End is nigh for NZ? [Required: 37 runs off 30 balls]
Another expensive over for New Zealand. Adam Milne's lengths are wayward, and Maxwell has some luck with a top edge in an 11-run over. From here on, this is Australia's game to lose.
Mitch Marsh at the wheel! [Required: 48 runs off 36 balls]
What a game for Ish Sodhi to have an off night. He's been nothing short of brilliant all World Cup but it has just not clicked into gear tonight. Marsh has pounded the leggie in a 16-run over to take down the deficit further. Boult taking out Warner should've shaken up Australia, but Marsh has made sure he's steadied them rightaway.
BTW Stat:600 runs in T20Is in 2021 for Mitchell Marsh – the first Australian batsmen to do so
TWIST? [Required: 64 runs off 42 balls]
Williamson, you wily old chap! His spinners couldn't earn him control through the middle-overs, so he summoned his best bowler in the 13th over to try and breakthrough. And Boult responded to the crisis call. Rattled Warner's stumps and conceded just three runs. Game on? We'd like to think so.
As for Australia, this chase is over to Mitch Marsh, who is clobbering any poor bowling dished has way and is batting on 47 off 30.
New Zealand starting to lose control? [Required: 76 runs off 54 balls]
David Warner has laid into Neesham for the second six of the medium-pacer's over to get to his half-century of 34 balls. The chase is well and truly in Australia's court now. Kane Williamson needed some cushion for Ish Sodhi, who has already conceded 24 runs off 2 overs, but Neesham has started with 15 off his first. The deficit between runs required and balls remaining is going to dwarf very quickly at this rate.
Australia – 82/1 in 10 overs |Required: 91 off 60 balls
Warner and Marsh has ensured Australia have nearly doubled their score from the PP stage (43/1). Warner's in the mood and NZ's middle-overs control is slipping here. Ish Sodhi has gone for 24 off his 2 overs. Santner's conceded 15 in his 2. The plus point for Australia though is that neither have been able to breakthrough.
Australia need 91 off 60. New Zealand got 115 off the same phase.
Grip, bounce and turn for Santner
He's likely to have hit the few footmarks outside the offstump for Mitchell Marsh that made the ball behave a big violently. In the same over, where Marsh smashed him for a six over deep square leg. Australia are 60/1 in 8 overs and at this stage, this is a very difficult one to call. Also, in not necessarily same news, this World Cup hasn't had a Super Over!
Australia – 43/1 in 6 overs
And thus the PowerPlay ends. Adam Milne made a strong comeback against Marsh in the final over, bringing along a few cutters. Such has been the pitch anyway so that was a prudent choice. But fret not Aussie fans because David Warner looks as much in the zone as he was against Pakistan the other night. Plus, expect him to take a review tonight – if it comes to that – even if there's a little bit of doubt. Maybe even if there isn't.
Mitch Marsh gets going
The pacy Adam Milne has been taken for 6 4 4 by Australia's big No. 3. It's the sort of move on Australia needed here after Finch's early fall.
Out goes the skipper
Finch can't replicate his opposite number's heroics tonight. He was struggling to get going and eventually deided to break the shackles against Boult. But Boult saw Finch's dance down the track coming and dragged his length short, inviting the pull. Finch took the bait and went after it, but Daryl Mitchell ran in and took a very sharp catch at deep midwicket.
Get cozy if you're an Australia fan, Warner's about to tee off…
The CricViz Analyst @cricvizanalyst David Warner vs Tim Southee in T20s 8 innings 84 runs 44 balls 0 dismissals #T20WorldCupFinal #NZvAUS 03:55 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Swing for Boult and Finch's smarts
Aaron Finch saw Trent Boult get the ball to shape away from David Warner and opted to take his guard a yard out of his crease. Understandable after Shaheen Afridi's inswinging had him plumb leg before. Boult had a chance to make an appeal for an LBW against the Aussie captain too, but he was far too down the ground for the Kiwis to review here. Good start nonetheless from Boult, Australia 1/0.
New Zealand finish with 172/4…
… and have Kane Williamson to thank for that. They were in a pickle at 57/1 in 10 overs and in need of a real injection of intent to even get a just about par total but the skipper stamped his class tonight, while Mitchell Starc struggled to, to give NZ 115 runs off the last 10 overs. Starc's spell of 0 for 60 offset the fact that NZ could only score 42 off the eight overs between Hazlewood and Zampa. Top-class innings progression from a master of the modern game. Australia will be a bit nervous here because 172 is definitely a very good total, even if the pitch eases out a bit.
In all this, Josh Hazlewood deserves a special mention. If Australia manage to chase this down, they have their “Test specialist” to thank. He finished with figures of 3 for 16 in 4 overs. This comes just a few months after an IPL final apperance where he signed off with 2 for 29. In a short span, Hazlewood has done his T20 reputation a world of good.
Rashid Khan @rashidkhan_19 KANEE MAMAAAA 🔥🔥🔥🔥 03:18 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Kane Williamson departs
Hazlewood again! His double-wicket over includes the prized scalp of the NZ skipper, who walks back for a phenomenal 48-ball 85. Five runs and two wickets in that Hazlewood over and Australia still have a chance to pull this back. It all depends how much NZ's lower middle-order can get off the last 12 balls.
Here comes the momentum denter
In times of distress, always turn to Josh Hazlewood. To be fair to Glenn Phillips there was only one way to bat from this point on to maximise the last 18 deliveries. He went big but didn't have the room of the timing to smash it well enough and clear the fielder at deep midwicket.
Williamson vs Starc in the 16th over: 4 4 6 0 4 4
Williamson had the rub of the green on the first two balls with two streaky, outside edge boundaries through and over third man, but the next three boundaries were just beautiful. Williamson whipped a slower ball over deep square leg and showed off his batting arc by lifting one over backward point and then beating the short third man as Finch moved his fielders around all over without any success. New Zealand have 136/2 in 16 overs and look set at getting a winnable total from here.
Mickey Arthur @Mickeyarthurcr1 Kane Williamson is just pure class…#T20WorldCup21 03:16 PM • Nov 11, 2021
The Zampa takedown
Glenn Phillips takes up the toughest job of the night and pulls it off nonchalantly. He welcomes Zampa in his final over with a straight six, and gets the fifth ball over extra cover for a four. 12 runs in the over messes with Zampa's bowling figures (26/1 in 4 overs) and takes NZ to 114/2 in 15 overs. They've actually doubled their score from the halfway mark (57/1 in 10 overs). Surely they can target 160 now?
This over also brings to an end Zampa's exceptional World Cup campaign.
27 overs | 13 wickets | ER 5.81 | SR 12.4
Williamson's at the wheel!
A one-handed six over deep square leg and a classy shot over deep midwicket to get to a 32-ball half-century – the fastest-ever in a men's T20 WC final. The skipper's in the mood now and has full charge of this innings. Can he push them to that 150-160 mark? There's only one way to find out…
Zampa needed to be taken on and Guptill traded the aggressor's role with Williamson. He said let me try to slog the spinner out of the ground. But the first attempt ended up being his last, and a failed one. The slog went straight to Stoinis at deep midwicket. Maybe Guptill's exit is not all that bad for NZ – hear me out! He'd gotten into a rut, and this sort of opens up the floor for the more explosive middle-order options like Glenn Phillips and James Neesham.
An eventful Starc over
Oh now things are heating up. Guptill and Williamson looked in a hole after the PowerPlay but the penny had to drop at some point. It did in Starc's over in the 11th. The New Zealand captain seems to have put his hand up to say I'll earn us the move on, but in reality shouldn't have lasted the entire over. He went aerial behind square but it looked like he'd found the fielder, until the fielder didn't quite find his footing. That finished in a four, and was followed with two more, including one off a wayward waist-high no-ball. A 19-run over in the end gives NZ the push they need here. Reach for that popcorn tub now folks!
Rob Johnston @RobJ_Cricket Don't think this approach from New Zealand is surprising. They are trying to set a platform for their middle order to fill their boots at the back-end just as they did against England. It worked then. But make no mistake, the NZ middle order really will have to fire today #AUSvNZ 02:39 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Middle-overs squeeze and the release point
Maxwell swooped in right after PowerPlay an slipped in an over of five singles, Adam Zampa wasn't to be messed with either. He bowled two overs of nine singles and three dots. But Mitchell Marsh's gentle medium pace was the release point. Williamson creamed back to back fours in a 11-run over. It's why they managed to drag NZ to 57 for 1 at the halfway stage. Safe to say they need at least another 100 runs to make a match of this final.
The match-up to watch?
The CricViz Analyst @cricvizanalyst Martin Guptill vs Adam Zampa in T20s 5 innings 63 runs 34 balls 1 dismissal 185 sr #T20WorldCupFinal #NZvAUS 02:30 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Stingy Hazlewood rounds up PowerPlay
Exceptional from Hazlewood. He had a horrid time against Pakistan just a couple of days ago but Aaron Finch has utilised one of his best bowlers really well here. 14 of the 18 balls he's bowled inside the PowerPlay have been dots as NZ have got just 32/1 in this phase, their lowest in the tournament. Uphill battle ahead for the batting side from hereon.
Cummins cuts in
It's still early but clearly cutters are already the way to go. Hazlewood's wicket came off such a subtle variation and Cummins too begins with a few change-ups. He's started tidily too.
BTW Stat: Williamson has six single digit scores in 9 T20I outings against Australia
First blood to Josh
He's got Daryll Mitchell to nick a slightly slower ball – on the same, nagging length – to Wade behind, who caught it well in front of him. Hazlewood ran his finger through the seam, hence the drop in pace, and Mitchell was looking to exploit the field by dabbing that down to third man but there wasn't enough pace on the ball for it to go the way he'd have liked. Instead it went towards Wade, and this time he didn't make a mistake. No heroics for the makeshift opener tonight as he exits the scene on 11 off 8.
Welcome to the final, Glenn
Australia stick to their bowling patterns – Starc, Hazlewood and then Glenn Maxwell. Nobody is more pleased than Daryll Mitchell, who welcomes the offspinner with a big straight six down the ground. Unfavourable match-up against two right-handers for Maxwell, but he recovers well to only concede 4 more singles in the over. There was in fact, also a really tough catching chance that Wade couldnt hold onto.
SB Tang @sb_tang Really tough chance. But Wade's kept so well in this tournament that you'd expect him to catch that 😬 02:13 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Death, taxes and Hazlewood lengths?
Almost…just one short ball that Guptill could guide down to the fine leg boundary. On either of that, five balls on length that the NZ opener could only hit to the ring fielders.
Here we go!
A bit of early width from Starc to Guptill and a four through the off-side. No yorker to take out NZ's batting threat in the first over in this final. Daryll Mitchell seems confident to walk out a bit against the left-armer too as there's no swing. 9 runs to kick off the final then.
Yuvraj Singh @YUVSTRONG12 I think New Zealand will win ! What about you ? #NZvAUS #T20WorldCup final 2021 01:35 PM • Nov 11, 2021
TOSS: Australia opt to bowl (and move closer to that elusive title?). They're unchanged. One forced change for New Zealand – Tim Seifert in for the injured Devon Conway.
Australia:David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
New Zealand:Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Tim Seifert(w), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Stats that matter, via Deepu:
– Kane Williamson has a poor record vs Australia in T20Is – 124 runs in 9 innings at an average of 13.78 and a SR of 104.20. In those 9 innings, there are six single-digit returns for the Kiwi skipper
– The PowerPlay battle: Australia have picked 11 wickets and conceded runs at an ER of 7.72. New Zealand have picked 8 in this phase, but are the only side to have a sub-six ER (5.89).
– David Warner vs spin at the T20 WC: 116 Runs | 74 balls | 1 dismissal
– The middle-overs duel: Adam Zampa has 12 wickets in 21 overs in this phase; Ish Sodhi has 8 in 16.
Before the game begins, here's some essential reading to whet your appetite…
– Pratyush and Bharat set up the game of the two unlikely finalists and one maiden crown
– Deepu Narayanan delves into the numbers and strategies to figure out where this game will be won and lost
– Bharat on Daryll Mitchell, Marcus Stoinis, and the perth connection.
– Pratyush on what's on Kane Williamson's agenda for the big clash
The last time New Zealand won an ICC trophy (Just a few months ago)…
Yuvraj Singh @YUVSTRONG12 I think New Zealand will win ! What about you ? #NZvAUS #T20WorldCup final 2021 01:35 PM • Nov 11, 2021
No India. No Pakistan. No England… but no problem. We're a few hours away from a first time T20 WC winner. That's right. Australia and New Zealand, two sides yet to get their hands on the T20 WC trophy in its brief history have – somehow – found their way to the summit clash.
New Zealand dumped out pre-tournament favourites England and Australia got the better of the best side in the Super 12s Pakistan to get there so you can say we're in for a great Sunday evening. Oh and also, there's history and rivalry between these two sides.
Australia and T20 cricket has often looked like a mismatch. This is a bunch that has hardly played the format together, and even when they did, they've not looked very good. But that Marcus Stoinis-Matthew Wade effort in the semis was exceptional, and adds so much to the tournament narrative. The T20 WC is the one trophy that's not made its way to Australia's overstuffed trophy cabinet. Tonight, maybe?
New Zealand's achievement was phenomenal too. The win over England was very similar to Australia's, except their makeshift opener Daryll Mitchell led the way instead of the finishers. They've been one of the most cohesive sides in the tournament, and could now walk away with their second ICC title in the space of four months.