Australia win their first T20 World Cup after eight-wicket victory over New Zealand


  • Final: Australia, 173-2, beat New Zealand, 172-4, by 8 wkts
  • Mitchell Marsh hits unbeaten 77 to help seal victory

It was less a procession than a runaway train, but either way there was no stopping Australia as they raced to their first T20 World Cup title. They had promised to attack this game with bravery and aggression and their assault on a target of 173 certainly left New Zealand punch drunk, Mitch Marsh leading what amounted to a gleeful pile-on on a previously outstanding group of bowlers as his team raced to the finish line with seven balls to spare.

From the toss to the moment Glenn Maxwell struck the winning runs Australia seemed in control, and after the 2015 and 2019 50-over World Cups the Kiwis add another runners-up medal to an unwanted and expanding collection. Kane Williamson said in the aftermath that “it’s always nice to get to the last dance” but it seems to be his side’s fate to still be in the ballroom at the 11th hour before turning into pumpkins when the clock strikes 12.

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Written by Simon Burnton at the Dubai International Stadium
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