Mitchell Marsh and David Warner smashed half-centuries as Australia won its first cricket T20 World Cup with an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand in the final on Sunday.
New Zealand lost the all-important toss and scored 172-4. Skipper Kane Williamson, dropped on 21, led the way by scoring 85 off 48 balls, but his team was pegged back by Josh Hazlewood, who finished with impressive figures of 3-16 from four overs.
Marsh smashed an unbeaten 77 off 50 balls. He won the Man of the Match award for his knock. Here is the list of the Man of Match winners in the finals of the ICC T20 World Cup.
It was Irfan Pathan, who bagged the MOM award. Irfan claimed figures worth 3/16 from his four overs. He took the key wickets of Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi.
Shahid Afridi won the MOM award for playing a key role in the final. He gave away just 20 runs from his four overs, picking up a wicket. With the bat, Afridi slammed a fantastic 40-ball 54* to complete the chase.
Craig Kieswetter hit a brilliant 49-ball 63, sharing a match-winning 111-run partnership alongside KP, who went on to get 47. Kieswetter hit seven fours and two sixes as England chased down the 148-run target with 18 balls to spare.
Marlon Samuels scored a 56-ball 78 in an innings laced with three fours and a whopping six sixes.
Kumar Sangakkara was handed the MOM award for his gutsy knock. He shared an unbeaten 56-run stand alongside Thisara Perera.
The MOM award went to Samuels, who once again was key in helping his side win the decisive game. Samuels remained unbeaten on 85, facing 66 deliveries. He smashed nine fours and two sixes at a strike rate of 128.78.
Mitchell Marsh, who scored an unbeaten 77 off 50 balls, won the Man of the Match award. His innings was laced with 6 fours and 4 sixes. “I don’t really have words, what an amazing six weeks with this group. Love them to death. World champs. [No3] The coaching staff came up to me in the West Indies and said you’re going to bat three for this tournament, and I jumped at it. Have the staff to thank for backing me and getting me up the top there. [Six first ball] Not a whole lot of thinking that goes into it. Wanted to have a presence, be in the contest, go out there and play my game. It’s unbelievable.”