New Zealand vs Australia, ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Final, Highlights: Marsh (77*), Warner (53) fire AUS to maiden T20 World Cup triumph


Follow the highlights from the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Final between New Zealand and Australia at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on November 14.

New Zealand vs Australia, ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Final, Highlights: Marsh (77*), Warner (53) fire AUS to maiden T20 World Cup triumph
  • Well that brings us to the end of the tournament but the celebration are only just getting started for Australia. They've broken their T20 World Cup duck and they go into next year's tournament on home soil as defending champions! 

    That's it from us too! We hope you enjoyed the coverage and until next time it's goodbye and goodnight. 

  • Aaron Finch (Australia Captain): This is huge. To be the first Australian team to be able to do it. So proud. We knew our backs were against the wall. We had some great individual performances, some great team performances. Can't believe people wrote him off saying he was done (Warner). That's when he plays his best cricket. Was almost like poking the bear. The player of the tournament for me (Zampa). Mitch Marsh - what a way to start his innings today. Wade coming into this game with an injury cloud but got a job done. Stoinis did the business.

  • Kane Williamson (New Zealand Captain): We were trying to get a platform and the surface was holding a fraction. But typical to here in Dubai. It was nice to build some partnerships and get what we thought was a competitive total. Only to be chased superbly by Australia. They're a fantastic side. We certainly made every effort. Guys came out and committed to their plans. They didn't give an inch really. Really proud of our team's efforts throughout. Came here in the final and gave it our best shot but it wasn't enough. Conditions varied a lot from venue to venue but we adjusted well. Nice to get to the big dance. Credit to Australia. Today they really turned it on. High hopes coming into this game. Never nice. Winning and losing are two possible outcomes.

  • David Warner (289 runs from 7 innings), Player of the Tournament: Always felt really well. Didn't get much time in the middle in the two practice matches obviously. But for me it was about going back to basics. Going to hard, synthetic wickets and try to hit some balls. Definitely up there with 2015. Being part of the World Cup final against England a decade ago definitely hurt. These guys are a great bunch of guys. Great support staff, great team, great support back home. Just wanted to put on a great spectacle for everyone. Bit of nerves around with a good score on the board. Just great to see the guys deliver.

  • Mitchell Marsh (77* off 50 balls), Player of the Match: Lot of people say this but I really don't have words right now. An amazing six weeks with this group. Coaching staff came up to me in the WI and said you'll bat three for this tournament. I jumped at the opportunity. Not a whole lot of thinking that goes into that (first ball for six). Just wanted to go out there and have a presence. Big Marcus Stoinis always talks about having a presence.

  • The post-match presentation gets underway and no surprises that Mitchell Marsh picks up the Player of the Match award! 

  • Justin Langer (Australia Coach): Everyone that wins a World Cup says it's hard to process, it's hard to put in words, but this is such a wonderful group of people. Every coach and every captain says the same but we have got some amazing cricketers here. We haven't had a chance to play together for different reasons for the last 12 months. When we all got back together, it was almost like a reunion. There are so many close relationships there, a very special moment for everyone. We knew when we came together how much talent we had. There's enormous talent in the team. When we were in WI and Bangladesh, there was a few missing pieces, Mitch Marsh took one of those pieces and he's been brilliant. We also embraced fun. In these situations, when everyone's talking about bubble, these guys have had so much fun on and off the ground. In this form of game, you actually it's important to have fun and enjoy, the guys have done that. I think that was a really important part of the success here. Zamps puts a smile on my face everytime because he's a little bit different and he's a little bit hippie but he's so competitive, he's been so good in this form of the game. We see leg-spinners having an impact around the world and he's doing that for Australia. Josh Hazlewood didn't play the last one-day WC because he had some back issues. He's been sublime here, it's been a great team effort. 

  • Adam Zampa: I just tried to bowl to my strength, to the best of my abilities. I knew the wickets are going to be slow. I bowled in some good times, we won tosses and bowled with a dry ball. Tried to get wickets and tried to defend when needed. Lot of credit to them (support staff). Preparation from their side has been great. This is their win as well.

  • Matthew Wade: It's huge. First T20 World Cup coming in, felt like a lot of people wrote us off early, but internally we spoke about how we could be the first team to achieve this for Australia. Something really, really special. More than my innings (against Pakistan), the partnership (with Stoinis) will stand out. We didn't realize we scored as many runs as we did. Today we were confident that if the boys could get off to a good start we can do this. Thankfully Mitch (Marsh), Davey and Maxi did it.

  • Pat Cummins: Pretty pumped. Once we go back home it will sink in. A lot of support back home, they've gotten up at 1am. It's a good thing to play some IPL here. Even Hazlewood was able to adapt quickly because of that.

  • Steven Smith: It means a lot. We have worked hard for a long time and it is honour to be here with the boys and take the trophy home. Warner's last two weeks have been amazing. A lot of people were writing him off. He came in with exceptional intent and took the game away at the start.

    Mitchell Starc: It's not been an ideal lead up. But this is the closest the guys were and it has shown in the way we played our cricket. Different guys in different games and the closeness with the guys has taken us through. Zampa has been the best bowler by far in white ball over the last two years. We know how to bowl around him. The bowling group just know our roles a lot clearer.

  • Josh Hazlewood: There's always pressure, the batters come at you and we kept the powerplay to 40ish, so a good effort there. I got away towards the end. Exceptional chase from our guys. Kane is a superb players, has been for a long time, it was a classical Kane innings. He scored all around, and hurt us when we bowled poorly.

    Glenn Maxwell: It was perfect, I was fresh and hitting the ball really well. It was nice to be out there to hit the winning runs. Zampa has been a superstar in this format and ODIs and I had the pleasure of watching him grow into the player he is. To watch him bring all his talent into the international stage has been a pleasure. He's also fielding well, and in the last three years as a legspinner, there haven;t been many better in the world.

  • Australia win by 8 wickets. 

  • Marsh slaps the 1st ball straight down the ground and Neesham puts in a desperate dive but cannot prevent it from bouncing for FOUR. They grab singles off the next 3 balls. Maxwell then seals the win in style with his favourite reverse-sweep to send the ball racing to the boundary and set off wild celebrations in the Australian camp. 

    Australia 173/2 after 18.5 overs. 

  • FOUR! Maxwell brings it home in trademark fashion as he uses the reverse-sweep to seal Australia's maiden T20 World Cup triumph. 

  • FOUR! Southee starts with a slower short ball outside off and Marsh clubs it straight down the ground for a one-bounce four. 

  • Tim Southee [3.0-0-32-0] is back into the attack.

  • Milne starts with a slower delivery as Marsh misses with the attempted cut. Marsh drives the 2nd ball to long-off for a single. Maxwell slaps the 4th ball to mid-off but it lands just short of Southee who puts in a good stop. Both batters grab singles off the last 2 balls. Just 3 runs come off the over. Australia need 11 from 12 balls to win. 

    Australia 162/2 after 18 overs. 

  • Adam Milne [3.0-0-27-0] is back into the attack.

  • Boult starts with a yorker which Marsh drills straight down the ground for 2 runs. The 2nd ball is a slower bouncer and this time Marsh pulls it over mid-wicket for FOUR. Marsh drives the 3rd ball for a single. Maxwell swings at the 4th ball but misses as Boult sends down another slower bouncer. The next ball is wide down leg and Boult has to reload. Maxwell guides the 5th ball to third man for a single. DROPPED! Marsh chips the last ball back to Boult but the ball doesn’t stick as they grab a quick single. Boult was just taken by surprise by that but he finishes with impressive figures of 4-0-18-2. It’s been a really good effort from him despite the other bowlers failing to fire. 

    Australia 159/2 after 17 overs. 

  • FOUR! Slower cutter from Boult and Marsh muscles it into the gap at mid-wicket. 

  • Trent Boult [3.0-0-8-2] is back into the attack.

  • Maxwell seems to be in a real hurry to wrap things up early and get the party started for Australia. He glances the 1st ball to fine leg for FOUR. Southee sends the next ball wide down leg and has to reload. Maxwell then pulls the 2nd ball over fine leg for SIX. He tucks the 3rd ball behind square for a single. Marsh misses with the pull on the 5th ball as it rolls off the pads for a leg bye. Southee ends with a dot delivery. 13 runs off the over. Just 24 needed off 24 balls now. 

    Australia 149/2 after 16 overs. 

  • SIX! Short into the body on the next ball and this time Maxwell sends it flying into the stands over fine leg. 

  • FOUR! Southee strays down leg on the 1st delivery and Maxwell just helps it along to fine leg. 

  • Tim Southee [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack.

  • Marsh blocks out the 1st delivery and grabs a single off the 2nd ball. Maxwell then pulls the 3rd ball for FOUR. He gets lucky with a thick edge for back-to-back FOURs on the next delivery. Milne sends down a slower short ball and this time Maxwell swings and misses. The next ball is short again but too high and called a wide. Maxwell mistimes the pull on the last ball as a leading edge flies to cover for a single. 11 runs come off the over. Just 37 needed off 30 balls now. 

    Australia 136/2 after 15 overs. 

  • FOUR! Maxwell goes for the pull again but this time it flies off the edge and over the keeper for back-to-back fours. 

Hello and welcome to our live coverage from the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Final. After 44 games we have our two finalist as New Zealand and Australia battle for their maiden T20 World Cup Crown. We'll have a new champion crowned in the shortest format today and both Kane Williamson and Aaron Finch will be eager to ensure it's them lifting the trophy at the end of proceedings today.
Today's match will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai with the start of play scheduled for 7:30 PM IST.