Marsh and Warner’s muscle Australia to the T20 World Cup victory.

Marsh and Warner's muscle Australia

Williamson’s magnificent 85-run performance is in vain as New Zealand loses its second consecutive world limited-overs final.
This has been a tournament of tricky, two-paced pitches, and as a result, it has earned the highest score.
Williamson hit 85 off 48 balls, and the rest of New Zealand’s hitters combined for 78 off 73.
Following an unsettling IPL, David Warner returned to form as a T20 starter in this competition, and Glenn Maxwell had the honour of hitting the game-winning shot: a reverse-swipe through short third man off Tim Southee. Marsh finished with a score of 77 out of 50. Other Australian batters hit 86 off 63 balls.
Australia eventually won by eight wickets with seven balls remaining.
From written off to world champions
Australia wasn’t considered a favourite when the competition began but I looked at that lineup again. You can’t have hitters like Warner, Aaron Finch, Marsh, Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis and expect to be a serious T20 squad for long.
The bowlers contributed, too, particularly Josh Hazlewood, whose into-the-pitch leg cutters allowed him to return statistics of 4-0-16-3 in a match with a combined run rate of nearly 8.9, but this was essentially a triumph of T20’s most important skill: boundary hitting.
On the day, Australia was noticeably better than New Zealand at this skill. However, it helped that they won the final toss of a strongly toss-influenced tournament.
Marsh Muscles Australia to victory
Marsh illustrated how Australia’s batsmen were particularly severe on the short or even somewhat short ball. Six of his ten hits to or over the boundary came on shots that could be roughly classified as “pulls,” even if the final one, a flat-batted print to the long-off border, stretched that description considerably.
There was only one glimmer of hope for New Zealand when Boult, whose slower cutters allowed him to avoid the punishment that all of his colleagues received, slipped a shortish ball under Warner’s pull to bowl him in the 13th over. Marsh and Maxwell collaborated to snuff it out mercilessly, with Marsh reaching his fifty in the next over with a massive six off Sodhi, bettering Williamson’s 32-ball effort by one ball.


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