Australia will face against New Zealand in the finals of the ICC World T20 2021. Both teams have played some brilliant cricket in the semis to make it here. Some would even suggest that they pulled off upsets to reach yet another final. There shall be a new winner crowned this time for sure.
When Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade joined forces, Pakistan almost had one leg already in the final. Australia faced a very identical equation to that faced by New Zealand against England in the first semi-final. However, Australia did not have the luxury of a set batsman in the middle. They executed a plan with perfection and showcased some brilliant live cricket.
The chasers had a difficult job before of them, with Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf requiring 37 out of a possible 18 runs to win. Wade’s 15-run 18th over put the pressure back on Pakistan with a length ball from Hasan and a hit-me ball for a four. Against Shaheen, it came down to two set finishers, and one of them prevailed.
David Warner also scored crucial runs in this match and returned at the score of 49. Replays showed that the ball had not taken the dge of his bat and he was not out. However, overall he seems to have come back to his form if not his imperial best. In the bowling department, Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins bowled well. On the other hand, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc went for runs. In the final as well the onus will be the in-form batsman and the bowlers.
New Zealand pulled off a stunning upset, defeating the defending ICC champions England and advancing to their third straight final. Even though New Zealand were down for much of their innings, they finally found the strength to knock it off with an over to spare and erase some demons from the past in a 166-run chase.
Mitchell’s innings perfectly represented New Zealand’s pursuit. On a slow surface, he struggled to get going, scoring 28 off his first 27 deliveries and almost putting New Zealand in trouble. In the last 20 of his shots, he hammered 44, effectively ending England’s hopes of a comeback in the game. In his upward push at crucial periods, he smashed two sixes apiece against Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid. His name will not soon be forgotten thanks to an unforgettable 72 on an unforgettable day.
With a 27-run innings from 11 balls, including three sixes, the chase got off to a flying start. Only three runs were given away in the 16th over by England’s fifth bowler Liam Livingstone, who finished with 2-22. Neesham, on the other hand, placed Chris Jordan under strain by tonking him for a six on the opening ball of the last four. It set up Jordan’s error-strewn overshoot, which chopped 23 points off the target’s original number.
Before being caught at cover in the penultimate ball of the over by Rashid, Neesham smashed one more six off of him. Nevertheless, he had done enough to alleviate some of the strain that New Zealand had been feeling after its dismal start to the race. New Zealand will be hoping that these players come good one more time in the final.
Australia and New Zealand have faced each other 14 times in T20I’s. Australia have won seven matches and New Zealand have won five.
This is going to be a tough battle between the two sides. However, we still feel that Australia does have the fire power in them to overcome New Zealand on their day.
Date and Time:
November 14, 2021 (SUNDAY), 7:30 PM IST
Dubai International Stadium, Dubai