Australia defeated New Zealand by 8 wickets in the finale of the ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai. Chasing 173 runs to win, half-centuries from Mitchell Marsh and David Warner helped the Aussies overhaul the target to win their first T20 World Cup.
During the final, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar met his old friend and on-field rival Sourav Ganguly who is now the president of the BCCI. Akhtar took to social media to share a picture with Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin.
“It was lovely running into an old friend and on-ground rival. And of course BCCI chairman @SGanguly99. Also legendary @azharflicks in the picture,” Akhtar tweeted.
Talking about the match, Hazlewood got the key wicket of in-form Daryl Mitchell (11) with a brilliant slower ball in an impressive three-over spell during the powerplay as the Black Caps crawled to 57-1 by the halfway stage of their innings.
But Williamson, dropped by Hazlewood at fine leg, cut loose against Australia’s fastest bowler Mitchell Starc, who returned 0-60 — the most expensive figures in a T20 World Cup final.
Williamson smashed seven of his 10 boundaries against Starc besides hitting the left-arm fast bowler for one of his three sixes. Hazlewood returned in the 18th over and had both Glenn Phillips (18) and Williamson caught in the deep in the space of four balls. Kane scored 85 runs in the finale.
Mitchell Marsh, who belted fast bowler Adam Milne for six off the first delivery he faced when he went to the crease with Australia at 15-1, finished unbeaten on 77 off 50 balls. He shared a 92-run second-wicket partnership with Warner, who scored 53 off 38, to help Australia reach 173-2 with seven balls to spare.