|Martin Guptill||c Marcus Stoinis b Adam Zampa||28||35||3||0||80|
|Daryl Mitchell||c Matthew Wade b Josh Hazlewood||11||8||0||1||137.5|
|Kane Williamson||c Steven Smith b Josh Hazlewood||85||48||10||3||177.08|
|Glenn Phillips||c Glenn Maxwell b Josh Hazlewood||18||17||1||1||105.88|
|Jimmy Neesham||not out||13||7||0||1||185.71|
|Tim Seifert||not out||8||6||1||0||133.33|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 8.6)||172/4|
|David Warner||b Trent Boult||53||38||4||3||139.47|
|Aaron Finch||c Daryl Mitchell b Trent Boult||5||7||1||0||71.43|
|Mitchell Marsh||not out||77||50||6||4||154|
|Glenn Maxwell||not out||28||18||4||1||155.56|
|Total||(18.5 Ov, RR: 9.35)||173/2|
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After 44 games, we have are two finalists and they are New Zealand and Australia. At the start of the tournament, not a lot of people gave these two teams a chance. Even in their respective semi-final encounters, they started off as underdogs but these two teams stormed their way into the title-clash. Both New Zealand and Australia won four games each in the Super 12 stage before pulling off fabulous run-chases in their respective semi-finals.
It is the first final in the history of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup for New Zealand while this is the second time Australia have reached this far but they’ve never won it. Thus, we are all set to see a brand-new T20 World Cup champion being crowned. Australia have the edge as far as head to head record is concerned. They have won nine games while New Zealand have won only five. However, New Zealand won the five-match T20I series 3-2 that these two sides played earlier this year.
Wins: New Zealand 5, Australia 9
Last 5 matches: New Zealand 3, Australia 2
Both New Zealand and Australia seem to have peaked at the right time. Both teams have solid bowling attacks but it is New Zealand’s bowling that has fared a tad better. The head to head record may be in favour of the Aussies but New Zealand’s recent track record in ICC tournaments has been absolutely brilliant. Hence, it is a tight call and neither team can really claim that they start favourites.
New Zealand have picked up steam and have got on an absolute roll from the time they lost that first game against Pakistan. The Kane Williamson-led side have won five games in a row and they’ve managed to get out of a hole on quite a few instances. Even in the semi-final, they needed 57 off the last four and James Neesham and Daryll Mitchell turned on the heat and wrapped it up with an over to spare. The pace trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Adam Milne has worked really well while the spin duo Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi have chipped in nicely. It is this bowling attack that has got the Kiwis this far in the competition and they will continue to be the key.
On the other hand, Australia have been pretty dominant for most part of this tournament. Barring that loss against England, they have not lost a single game and they were barely put under pressure in any of the other Super 12 encounters. They were up against the eight-ball against Pakistan in the semi-final and were five-down with five overs to go (62 to get). But Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis pulled off a heist. The form of Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell may be a bit of concern. Meanwhile, Australia’s bowling has been fairly good but was taken apart in the semi-final.
Kane Williamson has been managing his elbow injury for a while now but he has played the entire tournament with it. Australia have no injury concerns whatsoever. Hence, it is highly unlikely either team will make any changes for the big game.
Trent Boult and David Warner could possibly be the game-changers. The New Zealand left-arm quick has 11 wickets to his name and is going at 6.54 runs an over. Warner is looking in ominous touch at the moment and has smashed 236 runs while striking at 148.42.
Adam Zampa @5.00Top Match Bowler
Adam Zampa might be the bowler to watch out for. The Australian leg-spinner is bowling magnificently in this T20 World Cup and has returned with 12 wickets at an economy rate of 5.69.
David Warner @7.00 Man of the MatchVisit Betway for more World Cup odds
Given the way he’s been batting, David Warner might be one of the serious contenders for the player of the match award. Trent Boult and Martin Guptill cannot be ruled out.
Martin Guptill @3.00Visit Betway for more World Cup odds
Martin Guptill has been striking the ball well and he has got solid starts in most of the games in this competition. The Kiwi opener has accumulated 180 runs and has a strike-rate of 131.38.
David Warner @3.25Visit Betway for more World Cup odds
David Warner is in red-hot form at the moment. His last five T20I scores read 65, 1, 18, 89 not out and 49 (latest). The left-handed opener was batting like a dream against Pakistan in the semi-final but he got out on 49.