The New Zealand team’s dream of taking the T20 World Cup home for the first time could not come true. In the final match, the Kiwi team had to face defeat by 8 wickets at the hands of Australia. Captain Kane Williamson did everything he could in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, but still the bet slipped out of hand. Playing a scintillating knock of 85 runs, Williamson took New Zealand to a total of 172 runs, but the Kiwi bowlers, who bowled lethally throughout the tournament, proved to be laggy in front of the Kangaroo batsmen on Sunday night. After the loss, Williamson said that Australia did not give his team any chance to make a comeback.
The captain of the Kiwi team, which lost to England in the ODI World Cup final two years ago, said, ‘We thought this score was good but Australia chased it well. They are a fantastic team and they put up a memorable performance throughout the tournament. Asked if the score was enough, he said, “Can’t say. We felt the same way. We weren’t far behind but Australia didn’t give us any chance. Despite this, I am proud of the performance of the team. From New Zealand, except Trent Boult, none of the bowlers could trouble the Kangaroo batsmen. Boult took two wickets for 18 runs in his four overs, but that was not enough to win the team.
Earlier, Williamson became the joint-highest batsman in the final of the T20 World Cup. The Kiwi captain scored 85 runs in just 48 balls with the help of 10 fours and three huge sixes. During this, Williamson scored runs at a strike rate of 177 and single-handedly took New Zealand to a score of 172. However, chasing the target of 173 runs, the Australian team was in no time in trouble and the team easily chased down the target on the back of brilliant innings from David Warner and Mitchell Marsh.