Australia face New Zealand in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium today. Australia captain Aaron Finch has won the toss and decided to bowl first. Batting first, New Zealand have hanged a score of 172 runs on the board for four wickets. This is the highest score of any team in the T20 World Cup final. Captain Kane Williamson played a brilliant innings of 85 runs in this big match. With this Williamson has become the joint first batsman to score the highest individual score in the T20 World Cup final.
Williamson played a brilliant innings of 85 runs in just 48 balls with the help of 10 fours and three sixes. Josh Hazlewood got him caught by Steve Smith at the boundary line. With this score, Williamson has become the joint first batsman to score a personal highest score in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup. Prior to captaining the Kiwis, West Indies’ Marlon Samuels scored 85 not out in the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup final.
However, Samuels also played an explosive innings of 78 runs against Sri Lanka in the 2012 T20 World Cup final. He is followed by India’s T20 captain Virat Kohli, who played a blistering innings of 77 runs against Sri Lanka in the 2014 T20 World Cup final. At the same time, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir scored 75 runs against Pakistan in the 2007 T20 World Cup final. India won the title for the first time due to Gambhir’s innings.
Williamson also became only the second captain to score a fifty in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup. Prior to Williamson, the record for scoring 50 or more runs in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup was held by Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara, who scored 64 not out against Pakistan at Lord’s in 2009. In that match, Pakistan won the title by eight wickets.