Australia win Twenty20 World Cup 2021 final as Mitchell Marsh stars with the bat: live reaction

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  • Williamson’s 85 allows Kiwis to post 172/4
  • But Warner (53) and M Marsh (71*) see Aus home
  • Finch’s side win by eight wickets and are T20 World Champs

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Bless him

Seems like a nice lad.


We will have a match report shortly


Australia win by 8 wickets

They have overhauled the Kiwi 172 with sevn balls to spare. Mitch MArsh with an unbeaten 71*, following on from the platform set by David Warner with 53.

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David Warner of Australia plays a shot during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final



OVER 18.5: AUS 173/2 (Mitchell Marsh 71* Maxwell 23*)                  

Aussies have been good, they’ve had one or two moments of good fortune, such as winning the toss and here when Marsh slaps Southee down the ground. Not sure he got all of it. Neesham dives, desperately, and he’s close. But no cigar. Four for that. A trio of singles… and now Maxwell wraps it up with a reverse sweep for four. They’ve done it.

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Australia’s Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell celebrate winning the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup



OVER 18: AUS 162/2 (Mitchell Marsh 71* Maxwell 23*)                 

Useful over from Adam Milne. Just three runs come off it. 11 runs needed off 12 balls. They couldn’t, could they?


OVER 17: AUS 159/2 (Mitchell Marsh 69* Maxwell 22*)                

I have no good news for you, New Zealand fans / sensible neutrals: Marsh has panelled the ball back at Boult, who has dropped it. Tough chance.

The Aussies now need 14 from 18


OVER 16: AUS 149/2 (Mitchell Marsh 61* Maxwell 21*)               

Tim Southee. Oh dear, Maxwell has lined him up nicely, and a six and a four come in the first three balls. They need 24 off 24 balls.


OVER 15: AUS 136/2 (Mitchell Marsh 61* Maxwell 10*)              

Milne comes back. He’s quick but he’s obvious. Doesn’t have a lot of luck in this over to be fair. Mitch Marsh slaps it into the legside and Daryll Mitchell is a couple of feet away from a catching chance. Now Maxwell perfectly bisects two men in the legside deep. Now Adam Milne digs the ball in, and Maxwell jams it over the keeper. Flukey.


OVER 14: AUS 125/2 (Mitchell Marsh 60* Maxwell 1*)             

Sodhi. Starts with a wide. Oh dear me, Marsh has eaten him alive here. Tossed up, mullered over long on. Six for that. Too short now, carted through midwicket. Four. Now another wide. And yet another wide. Head’s gone. 16 off the over and this is nearly over I think.


OVER 13: AUS 109/2 (Mitchell Marsh 47* Maxwell 1*)            

The Big Show, who has little form, comes out to the crease. Just three off this over.


WICKET! Warner b Boult 53

That’ll do! Against the run of play, you have to say. Weird from little Davey Warner. Crouches low, hits across the line and is castled. Odd. He was looking in total control. Sniff for NZ? Or a mere blip for Aus? FOW 107/2


OVER 12: AUS 106/1 (Warner 53* Mitchell Marsh 45*)           

Marsh takes Santner on, does not get all of that, Phillips runs in and gamely dives forward but it’s only on the half volley. A ferocious pull for four make nine from this over.

Trent Boult is coming back on.




OVER 11: AUS 97/1 (Warner 52* Mitchell Marsh 38*)          

Jimmy Neesham has a rep as a Golden Arm. But not today. A ball onto Marsh’s hip is soon being retrieved from the fine leg stand. Later in the over, a juicy ball to Warner is soon nestling into the crowd at midwicket. Oh dear.


OVER 10: AUS 82/1 (Warner 45* Mitchell Marsh 30*)         

Santner claws things back a bit with a five run over. But at half way, the Aussies are looking very, very strong. Could all change with a wicket obviously, but the 9-4 on about the Aussies looks about right as it stands. Drinks


Coverage on Sky (here) has this

 Genuinely thought it was two flies on the screen or camera first time up.


OVER 9: AUS 77/1 (Warner 42* Mitchell Marsh 28*)        

Sodhi. Warner fetches the ball and heaves it for four. A reverse sweep for two. Hard, crisp pull from Warner for four. Sodhi has to pitch it up a bit more, so Warner now batters it down the ground for six. New Zealand are in a real jam now.


OVER 8: AUS 60/1 (Warner 26* Mitchell Marsh 27*)       

Santner now. MMarsh. Has manufactured a boundary opportunity and walloped that for six.

Decent recovery from Santner but these batters do not look in any trouble.


OVER 7: AUS 50/1 (Warner 24* Mitchell Marsh 19*)      

 New Zealand turn to spin. First up, Sodhi. Seven off his over.


OVER 6: AUS 43/1 (Warner 19* Mitchell Marsh 17*)     

Milne was a bit one-paced in his first over but manages to mix it up much better here. Result: three off the over.


OVER 5: AUS 40/1 (Warner 18* Mitchell Marsh 17*)    

The Aussie bats are out-thinking the Kiwi bowlers so far. Southee tries his slower bouncer but Warner has seen that coming. Boshed for six.


OVER 4: AUS 30/1 (Warner 10* Mitchell Marsh 15*)   

Adam Milne comes on  – and he’s got it all wrong here! Ball coming on nicely, onto Mitch Marsh’s pads. Walloped to leg for six! Over corrects on both line and length, MM runs it to third man for four. Back to the full stuff in the slot: bonged for four again. 6 4 4 to start the over. Only one run off the last three. But still.


OVER 3: AUS 15/1 (Warner 10* Mitchell Marsh 0*)  

Warner faces down three dots (the badders crossed in that catch just now).


WICKET! Finch c Daryll Mitchell b Boult 5

Finch gives Boult the charge and lofts the ball over mid off for four. BUT now he tries the same method next ball, down the pitch, but it’s just got up on him a bit and Aaron Finch has top edged that into the deep. More than decent catch, running in, from Daryl Mitchell. The skipper has to go! FOW 15/1


OVER 2: AUS 11/0 (Warner 10* Finch 1*) 

Warner holds the key. NZ need him out before he can get after their spinners. Southee, unwisely, offers width to Warner, twice, and he spanks the ball to the offside.


OVER 1: AUS 1/0 (Warner 1* Finch 0*)

There was no swing for Starc early on, but there’s deffo a hint for Trent B here. Warner off the mark third ball. Warner tells his partner “it’s swinging”, and Finch is going to bat outside of his crease here to negate that. Finch is struggling to line Boult up, charges down the track, swings and misses – hit on the pad! Too far down to review the lbw. 


Eyes down then for the Aus reply

Here comes that nice David Warner, and Finchy. Trent Boult will bowl.


New Zealand post 172/4

Williamson the main man with a smashing 85. Nothing much from anyone else. Hazlewood with three wickets was the pick, honourable mention to Cummins for four tidy overs.

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Kane Williamson



OVER 20: NZ 172/4 (Neesham 13* Seifert 8*)

Seifert on strike. Starc attempts the yorker first up, gets it wrong, and Seifert is able to tuck that away. A single, then a dot. Three balls left. Next ball is length, swing and a miss from Neesham. 

Starc is down. He needs a change of shoes.

A ball spears down the legside for two wides. But there are no further boundaries in the over, which finishes up costing 10. Starc four overs no maidens none for 60, the worst figures in a T20 final.


OVER 19: NZ 162/4 (Neesham 11* Seifert 2*) 

Cummins to Neesham. Jimmy gets one beefy six away when he spots the slower ball early. 13 off the over. They had to hustle off the last ball, Neesham just, just gets home.

The final over will be bowled by Starc. His first three, as I say, went for 50.


OVER 18: NZ 149/4 (Neesham 1* Seifert 0*)

A pivotal, and perhaps decisive, over in the match: both batsmen are gone. Josh Hazlewood delivers.


WICKET! Williamson c Smith b Hazlewood 85

Disaster! New Zealand’s champion is undone! He tries to go down the ground, doesn’t quite get all of it, and there’s Piggy Smith to get his trotters around it at long off. FOW 148/4


it brings dear

…James Neesham to the crease. The batsmen crossed during the Phillips catch…


WICKET! Phillips c Maxwell b Hazlewood 18

Maxwell involved, but as a fielder not a bowler. Hazlewood bowls,  Phillips picks out the man in the deep and Maxwell does the rest. No real matter, you sense: NZ’s chances all rest on Kane. FOW 144/3


OVER 17: NZ 144/2 (Williamson 81* Phillips 18*)                

Pat Cummins it is. His first two overs cost just six. A series of singles here, but he’ll certainly take that. 

Starc has gone three overs for 50, meanwhile. Either he has to bowl one more or Finch needs an over out of Maxwell. 


OVER 16: NZ 136/2 (Williamson 77* Phillips 15*)               

Finch has selected Starc, who has been expensive so far, and continues to get the treatment. In fairness, there’s an element of good fortune to the first two balls of the over.  Slices a four to third man, and then another! Tries a cutter, but it drifts into the pads and Williamson has seen that coming! Walloped for six to the legside. Now Starc goes around the wicket for a dot ball. But Williamson hits inside to out, opening up the face, and scoring a four behind point. Last ball of the over, lovely touch from Kane to guide that behind point for another four. Lovely, lovely shotmaking from this special player.

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4 4 6 dot 4 4 and Mitch Starc has just bowled the most expensive over in a WC final.


OVER 15: NZ 114/2 (Williamson 55* Phillips 15*)              

A change of ends for Zampa, but not a successful one. Phillips, who has taken seven balls to have a look, crunches a mighty six down the ground and then adds a four through extra cover. That makes 12 off the over.

The Kiwis have managed 57 off the last five, and they are still in the hunt.

Hazlewood has one left, Cummins two left.

Maxwell one left, and Starc two left.


OVER 14: NZ 102/2 (Williamson 54* Phillips 4*)             

Australia continue to ring the changes. Pat Cummins the new man, and he manages to stem what has been a flow of runs for NZ with a five-run over.


OVER 13: NZ 97/2 (Williamson 51* Phillips 3*)            

Yes Kane! Maxwell is the bowler, Williamson has slogged him away for two consecutive sixes into the legside stands. He’s brought up his fifty in the process.


OVER 12: NZ 81/2 (Williamson 39* Phillips 1*)           

Glenn Phillips comes in. Five off the over. Don’t fancy the Kiwis much I have to say, unless they can really do something quite special quite soon.


WICKET! Guptill c Stoinis b Zampa 28

Guptill has not quite got going, and tries to take on Zampa… he’s slogged the ball straight to midwicket, and Marcus Stoinis makes no mistake. FOW 76/2


OVER 11: NZ 76/1 (Guptill 28* Williamson 35*)          

Starc will resume. Williamson flips the ball away to the legside but has misjudged it… Hazlewood sets himself for a simple catch at fine leg but has dropped it! Oof that is a shocker. AW mate how does it feel to have dropped the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup?

Now Williamson slots the ball through mid off with gorgeous placement for four. Perfect. And the momentum continues to shift in this over – Starc with a high full toss, Williamson wellies it away for four… and it is called a no ball to boot! Kane carts the free hit away for a couple, Stoinis does well to cut it off but looks like he might have done himself a mischief in the process.


OVER 10: NZ 57/1 (Guptill 27* Williamson 18*)         

Zampa. A nicely ordered feel to this over, a single off each over. We are a quarter of a way through this match and I have to say, it is yet to catch fire. The drinks break/coaching time out can perhaps inspire the Kiwis.

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New Zealand’s Martin Guptill hits a four early on



OVER 9: NZ 51/1 (Guptill 24* Williamson 15*)        

Williamson does his best to oblige: out of his crease to slot the Mitch Marsh ball to extra cover for four, and then receives gratefully the gift of a short delivery and muscles that for another boundary. Hit off the last ball of the over by a slow bouncer! In the grille but not painfully so by the looks of things. 11 runs come from the over.


OVER 8: NZ 40/1 (Guptill 22* Williamson 6*)       

Guptill has often been cruel to wrist-spinners, but can get no change out of Adam Zampa in this over. He and Kane can muster but three singles in the over.

The New Zealanders need a big over soon.


OVER 7: NZ 37/1 (Guptill 20* Williamson 5*)      

Five singles off this Maxwell over as the Aussie squeeze continues.


OVER 6: NZ 32/1 (Guptill 17* Williamson 3*)     

And an even better over from Josh Hazlewood allows the Aussies to complete the powerplay in fine fettle. Five dot balls, and then Williamson knows he has to try something. Hoicks the ball unconvincingly high into the legside, it lands safe and they scurry for two. That could have gone anywhere really. Kane has taken eight balls for his three so far.


OVER 5: NZ 30/1 (Guptill 17* Williamson 1*)    

An excellent opening over from Pat Cummins goes for just two runs.


OVER 4: NZ 28/1 (Guptill 16* Williamson 0*)   

Williamson guides his first ball to point, completing another good over for Josh H.


WICKET! Mitchell c Wade b Hazlewood 11

Some great skills on display here for both sides. Guptill hammers a length ball away through point/cover – brilliant shot, nothing wrong with the ball at all. But Josh Hazlewood has the last laugh in this over. Fine delivery now from Josh, a leg cutter, runs his fingers down the side of the nut and takes the pace off the ball. Edged. Easy for Wade. FOW 28/1


OVER 3: NZ 23/0 (Guptill 11* Mitchell 11*)  

Glenn Maxwell comes on, and I am sorry to say that he has an extraordinary sort of step cut into his hair, and a tiny little ponytail thing on the crown of his head. Upsetting.

Mitchell slots the first ball of the over away for a lovely straight six. Guptill edges a ball off the toe/bottom of the bat now! Wade has not caught it. Harsh to call that a drop, given that he is standing up and the ball took a big deflection. But I cannot stand Matthew Wade, so I will go right ahead and call that a drop.


OVER 2: NZ 13/0 (Guptill 10* Mitchell 3*) 

Josh H will bowl. No swing really for him either, and this pitch does not seem to have much zip in it either. Four good tight balls from Hazlewood, cramping Guptill for room. Fifth ball, he tries to dig it in but that just pancakes up for a hit-me four. Still, that’s the only scoring shot off the over, with smart fielding from Mitchell Marsh helping the cause.


OVER 1: NZ 9/0 (Guptill 6* Mitchell 3*)

No swing first ball, slung wide of off and left by Martin G. Second delivery sits up and says ‘hit me’ from short of a length, and Guptill obliges. Four. Flays the next one away for a single.

No swing at all in those first three balls, just pushed across the right-hander from left-arm over. Daryl Mitchell shovels his second ball away for three, not sure there should have been three there but the fielding was less than stellar. Hazlewood slid to stop it on the fence and flicked the ball for a relay throw… but there was nobody there to pick up the baton/ball! 

Nine off the over all told.


Here come the Kiwi openers

Martin Guptill and semi-final hero Daryll Mitchell.

Both teams take the knee. 

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The players take the knee


And now Mitchell Starc takes the ball. Marais Erasmus gives the order to ‘play’.


The bookies

make our friends in green and gold a 2-1 on favourite here; generally going 7-4 about the Kiwis.


Anthem time

Advance Australia Fair gets first use of the facilities. A cracking anthem, you have to say. As is the New Zealand one. Two quality efforts, hard to separate them.



“there has not been all that much dew in Dubai and we hope that stays away.”


This little tinker will be in action later

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Steve Smith gets his eye in before the Dubai final

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Finch at the toss

Pitch “a bit drier than the other night but hopefully it skids on”. His side are unchanged. Kane Williamson says he would have bowled. Seifert replaces Conway in the only change for the Kiwis.

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New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson, left, greets Australia’s captain Aaron Finch

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Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (capt.), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood

New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Daryll Mitchell, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Tim Seifert (wk), 5 Glenn Phillips, 6 James Neesham, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Adam Milne, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Ish Sodhi


Australia have won the toss and will bowl

Can they add the T20 World Cup to their national trophy cabinet?


Team news and toss coming up

Batsman Daryl Mitchell will replace injured Devon Conway in New Zealand’s squad for the test series against India later this month, New Zealand Cricket said on Sunday.

Conway broke his hand as New Zealand defeated England on Wednesday to reach the final of the Twenty20 World Cup.

“It’s a shame for Devon to miss out on the first series of the new World Test Championship cycle, but it also offers up an opportunity for someone else,” coach Gary Stead said.

“Daryl’s versatility means he can cover a lot of batting positions and he’s certainly got plenty of confidence at the moment.

“He’s proven he can perform in test cricket and I know he’s excited to rejoin the test group.”

New Zealand’s two-test series against India begins in Kanpur on Nov. 25 with the second test starting in Mumbai on Dec. 3.


Right then

Come on New Zealand, right?


Finch ready for ‘great contest’

Australia captain Aaron Finch predicted a “great contest” against New Zealand in Sunday’s final when the trans-Tasman rivals clash in their bid to win a maiden Twenty20 World Cup title.

Finch said his team must stay focused throughout the match because he expects Kane Williamson’s men to fight till the end in Dubai.

“Anytime you play New Zealand you know how great a contest it’s gonna be, you know that they’re so disciplined in all three facets of the game,” Finch told reporters on Saturday.

“They’re a team that you have to be on for all 40 overs if you’re gonna get over the line. They’re a great side. They’re really well led by Kane and he’s done it brilliantly.

“They seem to just hang around for long enough in any kind of contest and wear you down. That’s what we’ve learned over the years about New Zealand. They fight and scrap in every situation.”

It will be a rematch of the 50-overs World Cup title match in 2015 which Australia won, but Finch felt there was little to choose between Sunday’s finalists.

“I think both teams are really well matched up with similar sort of structures in terms of the powerplay bowling,” he said. “New Zealand have obviously been the dominant team in the World Cup in the powerplay with the ball.

“Both teams have got good spin options. It should be a great contest. It always is. So yeah, we can’t wait.”

Few would have tipped Australia as a potential World Cup finalist after their tumultuous buildup when they lost five consecutive T20 series.

Finch said his team have been able to stick to their plans and play to their strengths.

“You got to be in it to win it. I think it’s something you would take to give yourself an opportunity to win a world event, and to win an ICC trophy is really special,” Finch said.

“So yeah, we’re really proud of where we are at the moment and where we’ve come from. And one more step to go.”