Former India cricketer Gautam wants New Zealand to win the ICC T20 World Cup. He will be supporting the Kiwis against Aaron Finch-led Australia.
Both New Zealand and Australia finished runner-up in their groups during the Super 12 stage before defeating the group winners in the semifinals. The margin of victories had so many things common — victories by margins of five wickets and both chasing down tough targets with an over to spare.
Australia also left it late before overcoming Pakistan in the semifinals, with Matthew Wade hitting one of the tournament’s most impressive pace bowlers — Shaheen Afridi — for three successive sixes in the penultimate over.
David Warner’s consistent performance at the top of the order has provided Australia with some meaningful starts on the slow wickets as the left-hander has scored 236 runs at an average of 47.20.
While Australia’s three-pronged pace attack could challenge the Black Caps, its legspinner Adam Zampa who leads the team in this tournament for most wickets. His 12 so far put Zampa second only to Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga, who had 16 dismissals.
The toss had been a dominant factor in the eventual results in Dubai with 11 out of 12 games going in favour of teams chasing the targets. New Zealand is the only team which has successfully defended a total at the venue, posting 172 before restricting Scotland’s reply to 156.
Whether a team chase down or the target gets defended, Sunday will see a new T20 World Cup champion. Five countries — India (2007), Pakistan (2009), England (2010), West Indies (2012 and 2016) and Sri Lanka (2014) — have been the past winners.
Australia reached the final in 2010 before losing by seven wickets to England in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Meanwhile, speaking to Times of India, Gautam Gambhir said – “I want New Zealand to win as I like their brand of cricket. Besides, I liked a Kiwi joke which I stumbled online. It goes: A Kiwi asks his Aussie friend: ‘Do you want to hear a joke about the construction industry in Australia?’ Intrigued and cornered, the Aussie says, ‘Yes mate’. The Kiwi replies, ‘Too bad, you guys are still working on it’.”