New Zealand 172/4 (20) – Australia 173/2 (18.5). The teams like Australia and New Zealand are among the world’s leaders in cricket and usually arrive at international events with only one goal – to win. They both went through a tough way in the Super 12 stage and overpassed strong opponents in the semifinals.
Throughout the whole tournament, the teams who won the toss usually chose to bowl first and successfully chased the opponents. The same story happened in the final as the Aussies were ready to chase.
However, New Zealand showed pretty good batting except for Martin Guptill, who was one of the heroes in the group stage but scored only 28 runs in 35 balls. Thus, Kane Williamson led the Kiwis with an incredible 85 runs in 48, but none of his partners showed something promising.
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The final score of the first innings promised a tough second half of the match as 172 runs were not the worst result. However, Australian batters have to show all their mastery to exclude nerves in the final overs. David Warner was a right pick for the Aussies, as he opened the second innings and scored 53 runs in 38 balls.
While the Kiwis were happy to dismiss the opponent’s captain in the early beginning, he was replaced by Mitchell Marsh. 77 runs in 50 balls by Marsh were also supported by Maxwell and his 28 balls in 18 runs. All in all, three Australian batters showed a reasonable run rate and closed the game in the middle of the 18th over. Congratulations to Australia; they deserved the victory! Want to know more about cricket news in India and don’t miss the important news? Subscribe to cricket14.in and receive the latest updates to your email.