Australia T20 World champs

November 18, 2021 BY

Good times: Player of the Mitchell Marsh celebrates with his teammates after claiming Australia’s first men’s T20 World Cup Championship. Photo: DAVID GRAY/ AAP IMAGE

AUSTRALIA has triumphed in Dubai to claim the title of T20 World champions.

After being set 173 to win by the Kiwis after a brilliant 85 from 48 by their skipper Kane Williamson, Australia was in absolute control with the bat chasing the target down with seven balls to spare.

Mitchell Marsh, 77 (not out) from 50, was the hero with the bat. Often maligned, he put on a masterclass on the biggest stage with David Warner by his side.

Warner, 53 off 38, was just as brilliant with his setting of the tone for the chase. The pair combined for a 92-run partnership which will go down in Australian cricket folklore.

Warner was awarded player of the tournament, while Marsh was named player of the match.

“I don’t really have words, what an amazing six weeks with this group. Love them to death. World champs,” Marsh said.

“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.”

As Mitchell Starc struggled under the pressure, it was Josh Hazelwood who was the star with the ball, taking 3/16 off four overs in stunning fashion.

In-form leg-spinner Adam Zampa was also economical, taking 1/26 off four overs.

Australia will look to defend their T20 crown on home soil next year.

 

– BY ALEX ZAIA/ SEN

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