ew Zealand vs Australia, Final, T20 World Cup 2021
ew Zealand vs Australia, Final, T20 World Cup 2021

Time: November 14, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Pitch Report

The team batting second has won 11 of 12 games in the tournament. It is needless to say that the captain winning the toss will have a psychological advantage.

 A fresh pitch will be used for the all-important final and it is expected to produce runs as the game progresses.


Tim Seifert, who is yet to play a game in the T20 World Cup, will replace the injured Devon Conway.

Probable XI for New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Australia neither have fitness issues nor form concerns.

Probable XI for Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

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New Zealand vs Australia, Final, T20 World Cup 2021, Fantasy Cricket Team
New Zealand vs Australia, Final, T20 World Cup 2021, Fantasy Cricket Team

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Power Players

Before the tournament, David Warner had not played enough international games and, to make matters worse, was dropped in the Indian T20 League due to lack of form. He started the campaign with a score of 1 against India in a warm-up clash and 14 against South Africa in their first game. What followed all this downfall has been inspiring! His both form and fortune changed, and it was his batting at the top that has taken Australia to the finals. His last 5 scores read 65, 1, 18, 89*, 49. Australia lost the game in which he scored in a single digit. The game will be half won if New Zealand get rid of him.

Had it not been for Daryl Mitchell’s iron-willed, jaw-dropping 72* off 47, New Zealand would have encountered another semi-final defeat. Such is New Zealand’s balance that their superstars do not have to always perform. They boast of an XI that can win matches in any given condition and situation.

Not once has Adam Zampa gone wicketless. He has taken 12 wickets at a superlative strike rate of 11.5 and an economy of 5.6.

For New Zealand, Trent Boult has taken the bulk of the wickets. He has sniped up two three-wicket and as many two-wicket hauls.

Smart Picks

In his 6 innings, Aaron Finch has scored two single-digit scores and a duck; the other three read 37, 34, and 40. He has an impressive record against New Zealand, fetching 251 runs at an average of 62.7 in 7 T20Is.

Ish Sodhi has been the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand in the middle-overs. He has been successful in all the games, scalping 9 wickets. Against Australia, he has managed as many as 16 wickets in 9 T20Is.

Martin Guptill is the highest run-scorer for New Zealand against Australia in the format: he has blasted 435 runs with a strike rate of 152, including a hundred and two fifties.

On most days, Mitchell Starc’s toe-crush yorkers are difficult to deal with. On some days, he misfires them. He is difficult to negotiate in the powerplay as well as the death, and if it swings just enough, there’s no escape. He has been Australia’s best pacer, bagging 9 wickets at 15.3.

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Match Prediction

Australia have won 9 of 14 T20Is against New Zealand. Both teams, however, have met only once in the T20 World Cup and Australia suffered a narrow defeat in the 2016 edition. Before that, Australia had beaten New Zealand in an ICC final, that is, in the 2015 World Cup. Pick whatever stats and facts you want and yet you won’t be able to pick a winner tonight on a factual basis.

To add fuel to the fire, both teams have one thing in common: they showed nerves of steel in the semi-finals, escaping from the jaws of defeat against teams that were considered stronger than them. Whether Australia continue their dominance in ICC events or New Zealand pick yet another ICC title in 2021, is a question only time can tell. 

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