Marsh, Warner rally Australia to maiden World T20 title

SUMMARY: New Zealand 172-4 from 20 overs (Kane Williamson 85 off 48, Martin Guptill 28 off 35, Glenn Phillips 18 off 17; Josh Hazlewood 3-16, Adam Zampa 1-26) vs Australia 173-2 from 18.5 overs (Mitchell Marsh 77* off 50, David Warner 53 off 38, Glenn Maxwell 28* off 18; Trent Boult 2-18)

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Australia powered to an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand to win the Men’s T20 World Cup for the first time.

Mitchell Marsh plundered a ferocious 77 not out from 50 balls as Australia overhauled what appeared to be a challenging 173 with seven balls to spare in Dubai.

Mitchell Marsh of Australia plays a shot during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final match between New Zealand and Australia at Dubai International Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

The all-rounder shared a dominant stand of 92 with opener David Warner and continued to attack after the opener was bowled for 53 from 38 deliveries.

Marsh was dropped on 68 but at that stage only 15 runs were needed from 19 balls – the highest chase in a men’s T20 World Cup final a near certainty.

David Warner of Australia celebrates after scoring a half century during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final match between New Zealand and Australia at Dubai International Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

After Glenn Maxwell hit the winning runs, Marsh was mobbed by his team-mates and dropped to his knees, overcome with emotion having produced his finest T20 innings on the biggest stage.

Kane Williamson of New Zealand plays a shot during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final match between New Zealand and Australia at Dubai International Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

New Zealand, now beaten in three consecutive white-ball finals, were arguably favourites at the halfway stage after Kane Williamson’s 85 from 48 balls, but it was Australia – unfancied before the tournament – who cantered to their maiden title. (BBC Sport)

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