The mighty Australians have done it yet again as they have pocketed their sixth overall ICC World Cup trophy on Sunday. All-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who also won the ‘Player of the Match’ award, played a tremendous knock of 77* runs off just 50 deliveries in the final match against New Zealand.
Marsh’s innings came for his side when it mattered the most at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. In his berserk knock, he smashed 6 fours and 4 sixes to take his side home comfortably in the 19th over of the second innings. With this, he also became the fastest player to score 50+ runs (31 balls) in the history of the T20 World Cup finals. Earlier, NZ skipper Kane Williamson reached this milestone in 32 deliveries.
Here’s the moment when Mitchell Marsh completed his half-century:
Aussies chase mammoth target of 173 runs; clinch maiden T20 WC trophy
Australia skipper won the crucial toss and opted to field first while keeping the track record of the tournament in mind. The kangaroo bowlers provided their side with a great start as the Blackcaps scored just 32 runs at the end of the powerplay overs.
However, Williamson capitalised the innings well from there with his mesmerising knock of 85 runs off just 48 deliveries. Meanwhile, he also smashed 10 class fours and 3 gigantic sixes. The 31-year-old missed out on a well-deserved ton as Josh Hazlewood claimed his wicket in the 18th over while Steve Smith completed the catch.
In the end, the New Zealanders posted a great total of 172/4 on the board at the end of their quota of 20 overs. In reply, the ‘Men in Yellow’ never let their opponents come back in the game despite losing the early wicket of their captain.
David Warner and Marsh stitched a match-winning partnership of 92 runs to take their side home in the all-important clash. This marked the maiden title victory for the Down Under side in the shortest format of the game.