Dubai: Australia became the new champions of T20 cricket by defeating New Zealand by 8 wickets.
In the biggest and final match of the ICC T20 World Cup played in Dubai, New Zealand scored 172 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs thanks to the aggressive batting of captain Ken Williamson in response to which Australia scored the required target One over already completed at a loss of only 2 wickets.
Australia captain Aaron Finch was the guest for 5 runs but David Warner and Mitchell Marsh formed a crucial partnership of 92 runs to take the match away from New Zealand, both batsmen scored half-centuries.
David Warner was dismissed for 53 but Mitchell Marsh remained on the wicket and played an unbeaten inning of 77 while Glenn Maxwell also remained unbeaten on 28 runs. Trent Bolt took both the wickets for New Zealand.
Earlier, Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat. The Kiwis’ semi-final hero Daryl Mitchell failed in a big fight and returned to the pavilion after scoring just 11 runs. Glenn Phillips managed to score 18 runs in the innings.
Martin Capital also struggled to bat and was dismissed for 28 off 35 balls, but skipper Ken Williamson remained aggressive and completed his half-century after scoring 85 off 48 balls. Got out
Australia’s Josh Hazelwood bowled brilliantly to upset the Kiwi batsmen and took 3 wickets while one wicket went to Adam Zampa.