Mitch Marsh broke the record of 31 balls for half a century as Australia beat New Zealand by eight wickets to win their first T20 World Cup title.
Kane Williamson made a majestic 85 from just 48 balls after being dropped by Josh Hazlewood on 21 when New Zealand scored 172-4, after being entered by Aaron Finch in the trans-Tasman showdown at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday .
This was the highest score in a T20 World Cup final, with Marlon Samuels having been down 15 percent in the West Indies victory over England five years ago. It was also the fastest half-century ever scored in the competition final for a short time, all the way to Marsh’s heroism.
Williamson hit his fifty out of 32 deliveries while Mitchell Starc endured a nightmare, four wicketless overs on his left arm went to 60. Outstanding Hazlewood was the choice of Australian bowlers with brilliant figures of 3-16.
Australia produced another magnificent chase in the wake of a stunning semifinal win over Pakistan, Warner and Marsh put up 92 for the second wicket.
Warner delivered a superb 38-ball 53 and Marsh was undefeated with 77 from 50 deliveries while Australia was crowned champion with seven reserve deliveries.
Marsh ran off to his half century, taking apart spinner Ish Sodhi (0-40 in three overs) while Trent Boult’s brilliant 2-18 figures were in vain.
Handyman Marsh hadn’t fully realized his potential in an injury-stricken career, but he proved he could be a world-class performer on a historic Sunday night for Australia as New Zealand suffered heartbreak in their first final of T20 World Cup.
World-class Williamson, the man for big occasions
New Zealand were only 32-1 at the end of the power play, with Daryl Mitchell caught behind Hazlewood, but Williamson shifted gears into a masterful inning with sweet timing and power.
The skipper was shot down by Hazlewood deep in 11th above from the expensive Starc before hitting Maxwell six in a row to reach his half-century – the first of those with a hand coming out of the bat as he hoists the ball into the stands.
Martin Guptill (28) fell to spinner Adam Zampa (1-26) after being knocked out by Matthew Wade on 10, but the borders continued to flow for Williamson, who scored three sixes and ten fours before pocketing Hazlewood.
Marsh and Warner do a light job in the chase
Boult got an early turn when he sent Finch on his way, but Warner and Marsh turned the game around in Australia’s favor with clean strokes and big run between wickets.
Marsh hit the first ball he faced from Adam Milne for six, while Warner looked increasingly threatening, taking a liking to Sodhi’s spin and hitting Jimmy Neesham for a whopping six to reach a half century of 34 balls.
The excellent Boult is back to clean up Warner and left arm Paceman missed a tough chance to fire Marsh when Australia was almost home.
Glenn Maxwell (28 not out) hit Tim Southee four to win it, with Marsh still undefeated after scoring four sixes and six more borders in a stunning inning.