Australia defeats New Zealand by 8 wickets to win their first T20 World Cup

It took them 14 years, but Australia has finally captured the one ICC trophy that had alluded them for all these years.

The most written-off and undermined team at the start of the tournament has done it. The Australian cricket team has finally won the only trophy that was missing from the trophy cabinet. Yes, Australians won the T20 World Cup 2021 after defeating New Zealand in yet another ICC tournament’s final.

At the end of the first inning, it did not look like an easy task for Australia. The ball did not seem to be coming onto the bat very cleanly, and earlier, there had been a lot of talks about above-par totals on this ground. And New Zealand’s 172 definitely looked like on, until Australia returned to their stride.

It was in the 4th over when the momentum completely shifted in Australia’s favor.  After losing their captain, Mitchell Marsh, the dark horse for Australia, played 3 great shots to get off to a flier. Australia gained some much-needed confidence with his 14 runs in just 3 balls off the Adam Milne’s over. Then David Warner, who was looking a little uptight, also eased up and scored some great shots around the field. He took on the spinners and pace bowlers for a ride to reach his fifty in style.

Similarly, Marsh kept up the ante and scored the fastest fifty in the T20 World Cup finals. After Warner’s dismissal, Glen Maxwell came to bat. He was not in the best of forms, but tonight turned out to be Australia’s night. Early in his inning, Maxwell got a few shots away, which helped him find much-required confidence. As a result, he scored the winning runs of the match with a reverse sweep to Southee to win the game for his team.

It took them 14 years, but Australia has finally captured the one ICC trophy that had alluded them for all these years. New Zealand on the other hand lost the opportunity to win their second title in the same calendar year. They have now lost 2 out of 3 consecutive ICC trophy finals.

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