Today is the turn of the final after 29 long days of fighting. Australia and New Zealand face off on the two shores of the Tasman Sea. This is the first time that New Zealand has reached the final of the T20 World Cup. Australia is playing the final for the second time. The captains of the two teams will come down to toss in Dubai after a while.
Australia bowled before winning the toss. A replacement for the New Zealand team, Tim Seifert has been named in the squad to replace the injured Devon Conway. Australia’s XI unchanged.
New Zealand XI
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi and Trent Bolt.
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stones, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Stark, Adam Jampa and Josh Hazlewood. In this World Cup, the team that has won the toss 10 times out of 12 matches in Dubai has finally won the match. New Zealand have never beaten Australia in a knockout match since 1981. At this time the two teams have played 16 matches in the knockout stage.
Wade missed the catch
New Zealand got off to a good start. Martin Guptill, who started the second innings with a four off Mitchell Starc, also hit a four off Josh Hazlewood in the second over. Australia brought spin in the third over. But Daryl Mitchell hit a six over the bowler’s head in the first ball of Glenn Maxwell’s over.
New Zealand has also got the fate. The ball hit the bottom of Guptill’s bat in the third ball of Maxwell’s over. But Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade could not catch the hard catch. At the end of the third over, New Zealand were 23 for no runs. Mitchell returned with a catch in Wade’s hand
Wade’s catch, which missed Guptill’s catch off Maxwell’s ball in the previous over, was New Zealand’s first wicket. But the batsman is not Guptill, Mitchell. Hazlewood’s slower ball hit Mitchell’s bat behind the wicket, Wade made no mistake to catch again.
Mitchell returned with 11 runs off 8 balls and 1 six. New Zealand’s opening pair broke by 26 runs. New Zealand got 32 runs in the power play New Zealand’s run rate of 23 runs in the first three overs was hampered after Daryl Mitchell was out. Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill were able to take only 9 runs in the next three overs. At the end of 6 overs of the power play, New Zealand scored 32 runs for 1 wicket. This is New Zealand’s lowest run in a power play at this year’s World Cup. Earlier in the semi-final against England, New Zealand had scored 36 runs in a power play.
Josh Hazlewood bowled brilliantly for Australia, conceding just 11 runs in 3 overs and picking up Mitchell’s wicket.
Williamson hit a 32-ball drought in two fours Guptill hit four off Hazlewood in the first ball of the fourth over, then New Zealand were crushed by Australia. The boundary did not come from New Zealand, the Australians were reduced to one or two runs in the brilliant bowling and fielding arrangements. Australia got 28 out of 48 balls till the eighth over!
In the end, New Zealand’s boundary-drought was over with the bat of captain Kane Williamson. In the ninth over, Williamson hit two fours off the fourth and fifth balls of Mitchell Marsh. Earlier, New Zealand did not get any four or six in 32 balls! New Zealand’s run in the second of Williamson’s two fours also crossed fifty. In the tenth over, no boundary came again in the jumper over. The first half of the innings with 6 runs in that over, that is, at the end of 10 overs, New Zealand’s run was 58 for 1.
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Catch miss four, then four, then say no again four Did Steve Waugh see Josh Hazlewood’s catch? Williamson caught a fine leg off Mitchell Starc, an easy catch. But he couldn’t catch the fine Hazlewood catch, on the contrary, he got four! It is said that after losing the catch in the semifinals of the 1999 World Cup, South Africa’s Herschel Gibbs was told by Australia’s captain Steve Waugh, “Throw away the World Cup!” Did Hazlewood drop the World Cup with the catch? Time will tell.
For now, it can be said that Hazlewood helped Williamson to become more dangerous. Mitchell Starc was made ‘Shaheen Shah Afridi!’ Matthew Wade’s catch was missed by Shaheen’s ball against Australia in the semi-final. After hitting three sixes off the next three balls, Australia reached the final. Today, unlike Shahin Afridi, he did not hit three sixes, but Starc hit three fours in a row. In the third four, the ball that did not hit the pitch was on Williamson’s waist, so it was a ‘no ball.’ New Zealand got two more runs from the free-hit. 19 runs came in the over. At the end of 11 overs, New Zealand’s run was 6 for 1.
Jumpa turned to Guptill
Williamson took 19 runs in the previous over of Mitchell Starc, but Adam Jumpa gave the Kiwis the excitement in the first ball of the next over. Guptill, who was eating khabi to take a run, was caught at deep midwicket to kill him. Statistics show that Guptill could be New Zealand’s biggest weapon against jumpers. Returned