T20 World Cup 2021: Final, New Zealand vs Australia – 10 best memes of the match

T20 World Cup 2021: Final, New Zealand vs Australia – 10 best memes of the match

Kane Williamson's 48-ball 85 for the Black Caps went in vain.

Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

Australia, on Sunday, November 14, won their maiden T20 World Cup title, beating Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the Final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. It happened to be their sixth world title after winning five editions of the 50-over World Cup. The Black Caps won five matches in a row, but couldn’t go over the line. They also played three ICC finals on the trot.

Kane Williamson steps up

New Zealand made a cautious start after being put in to bat first. They scored 57 runs in the first 10 overs and also lost the crucial wicket of Daryl Mitchell, who got out to Josh Hazlewood. In the 12th over, Martin Guptill perished to Adam Zampa. Guptill had a tough time in the middle as he made 28 at a strike rate of 80. Kane Williamson, at the other end, played his shots without any inhibitions.

The skipper notched his half-century off 32 balls to inject momentum into the Black Caps’ innings. He was involved in a handy 68-run stand with Glenn Phillips, who scored 18. Williamson went on to score 85 off 48 with 10 fours and three sixes before he fell prey to Hazlewood. James Neesham also played a 13-run cameo as the Kiwis racked up a competitive score of 172 for four on the board.

Australia get home comfortably

The Aussies started their run-chase in a cautious manner, but stepped on the gas later on. They scored 43 runs in the first six overs to lay the platform for the run-chase. Trent Boult got rid of Aaron Finch early and from there on, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh steadied the ship. The duo put on 92 runs for the second wicket off 59 balls. Warner carried on his good form with a fifty off 34 balls.

He went on to score 53 off 38 before Boult rattled his woodwork. Marsh played his shots from the outset and raced away to a half-century off 31 balls. His knock made sure that the Aussies needed 24 runs to win off the last four overs at a run-a-ball. Marsh stayed not out on 77 off 50 with the help of six fours and four sixes. Glenn Maxwell scored 28 as Australia chased the target down in 18.5 overs.

Here are the best memes of the match