New Zealand vs Australia LIVE! Mitchell gone – T20 World Cup final match stream, latest score and updates today

, New Zealand vs Australia LIVE! Mitchell gone – T20 World Cup final match stream, latest score and updates today, The Habari News
, New Zealand vs Australia LIVE! Mitchell gone – T20 World Cup final match stream, latest score and updates today, The Habari News

Expect thrills and spills as New Zealand and Australia meet in this afternoon’s T20 World Cup Final.

The two old rivals were not expected to get anywhere near the trophy but they are chasing history in Dubai after the favourites dropped out of the tournament one by one.

New Zealand beat England in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, while Australia dramatically knocked out Pakistan a day later in Duabi.

Less than four weeks before the start of the Ashes, Australia have a chance to seal a stunning victory having been written off coming into the tournament.

New Zealand could cap an incredible year with another trophy after beating India to become the first Test world champions in the summer.

Beaten finalists in the past two 50-over World Cups, the Black Caps have the chance to win their first white-ball tournament.

Follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below…

Live updates

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NZ 28/1 (4.0 overs)

Guptill 16, Williamson 0

Dot to the New Zealand captain, and that’s a brilliant over from Hazlewood. Slower ball completely deceived Mitchell, and there will be no repeat of his semi-final heroics.

Pat Cummins in to bowl for the first time…

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WICKET! Mitchell c Wade b Hazlewood 11

NZ 28/1 (3.5 overs)

Lovely shot, Guptill stands tall and punches Hazlewood through the off-side fielders for four. Timed beautifully.

But it’s a great response to that from the Australian bowler… and he has the breakthrough!

Slower ball legcutter, so well bowled, and Mitchell can only edge it behind. Wade does will to dive forward and catch it.

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NZ 23/0 (3.0 overs)

Guptill 11, Mitchell 11

Finch has seen enough of Starc for now, Glenn Maxwell into the attack.

WOW! Daryl Mitchell has launched the part-timer straight down the ground for six first ball! That’s what you call intent.

Quicker, wider ball to Guptill… did he edge it? Wade dropped it behind the stumps, and there was a slight bottom edge. Chance missed for Australia.

Leg bye to finish the over. 10 runs, a six, and a drop from it!

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NZ 13/0 (2.0 overs)

Guptill 10, Mitchell 3

Josh Hazlewood from the other end, as expected.

Much straighter line, and it’s three dots to Guptill first up. Make that four, punched straight to short cover. Pressure building slightly?

That releases it though, short ball and Guptill swivels and pulls it to the fine-leg boundary.

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NZ 9/0 (1.0 overs)

Guptill 6, Mitchell 3

Full and wide first ball. No swing, and no shot from Guptill. Wide again next up but it’s shorter, and the batsman crunches it through the off-side for the first boundary of the match.

Single to third man gets Mitchell on strike. On the pads from Starc, and it’s tucked away to fine leg… really good running, they get three.

Loose opener from Starc.

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Daryl Mitchell and Martin Guptill are out into the middle. Their task is to get New Zealand off to a flyer in the powerplay.

Mitchell Starc with ball, to be backed as ever by Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins you’d imagine.

The final is ready to begin!

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Two elite national anthems.

We’ll be ready to get underway, once the two massive flags have eventually been carried off the field.

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Players walk out onto the pitch. Fans of many different teams in the crowd… including several who were knocked out earlier in the team.

Time for the anthems.

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Williamson on the toss

It’s been a tournament for winning the toss and winning the match, and the New Zealand captain admits he would have also bowled first.

But putting runs on the board in a final is also a strong position to be in.

Williamson says: “Who knows about the dew. But important we focus on that task at hand, with the bat first and trying to get a competitive total.”

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Standard Sport’s Will Macpherson

That’s a massive toss for Australia to win. New Zealand have to be brave. It might even help them that Tim Seifert – who is very aggressive – has come in for the injured Devon Conway.