Date: November 14, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
After two thrilling semi-final matches, it’s now time for the highly-anticipated final of T20 World Cup 2021 between Australia and New Zealand. The BlackCaps defeated England by 5 wickets in the 1st semi-final in Abu Dhabi while the Aussies defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in Dubai in the second semi-final. There are certainly going to be fireworks in Dubai on Sunday evening as the two neighbors clash in a Trans-Tasman final.
Toss has played a crucial role in Dubai during the World Cup so far, with sides batting second getting a clear advantage with dew on the field. With a total of 160-170 not proving to be competitive enough, the side batting first might look to go beyond 170-run mark to give themselves a good chance. Scoring runs has not been so easy in the middle overs.
The Kiwis are in superb form at the moment as they have won their 5 out of 6 games against India, Scotland, Namibia, Afghanistan and England. New Zealand are likely to bring in Tim Seifert to replace the injured Devon Conway after the in-form player broke his right hand following his dismissal against England. The way New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and all-rounder James Neesham reacted after their win over England in T20 WC semi-final spoke volumes about their mindset and attitude as Neesham wrote after the match, “Job finished? I don’t think so.”
The Kiwi bowling department has also looked settled with Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner not allowing any breathing space to the opposition batsmen. Williamson has not been at his best so far in the tournament and he will be eager to put in a winning contribution here.
Australia entered into the T20 World Cup 2021 final with a stunning victory over tournament favourites Pakistan. Their batting lineup has performed exceptionally well with David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch regaining their form at the right time. All the Aussie batters have stepped up at different times in the tournament. The team’s middle-order comprising of the likes of Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade, is arguably the most strongest in the tournament. While in the bowling department, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa have all been among the wickets.
Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne.
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Both New Zealand and Australia have played some brilliant cricket at this T20 World Cup. The toss will play a key factor with teams batting second getting an advantage. Australia are the favorites to win the match but New Zealand also have a good chance of winning if their key players like Kane Williamson, James Neesham and Martin Guptill fire.
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