(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –Australia won its first T20 World Cup title after beating New Zealand by eight wickets in the final on Sunday.(14)
In what was an Oceanic clash, Australia looked to be cruising to the 173 target set by New Zealand — a score bolstered by a blistering 85 by captain Kane Williamson — with David Warner and Mitchell Marsh looking comfortable at the crease.
However, a wicket to Warner gave New Zealand some renewed hope, but the bludgeoning power of Marsh helped propel Australia to its target.
With New Zealand looking rattled and some excellent batting on display, Australia was able to comfortably claim its first title in cricket’s short format.
After sprinting onto the field to celebrate with Glenn Maxwell, Marsh and the rest of his teammates, Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis praised the team’s mentality and spirit for getting them over the line.
“The key is this group of boys, we actually love each other,” he said. “It is beautiful, I can’t wait to keep playing with this team. I’m so proud of them.
“You won’t find bigger supporters of Mitch Marsh than right here, apart from his family. We are so proud of him!”