Australia, New Zealand chase a first in T20 World Cup finale


By the time the draw wraps up in the T20 World Cup final on Sunday, it will be well past midnight in Australia and New Zealand. Thus, the TV ratings in the finalist countries are unlikely to go off scale, although for the first time the T20 world champion will be honored.

Both teams had a limited number of fans at the stadium and most of the players at Dubai International Stadium will be neutral.

The Asian side, which did not reach the final of the World Cup, which is being held in India and held in the UAE, limits its marketing appeal. Pakistani taxi drivers, willing to shell out half of their monthly ticket fees on the black market to cheer their team up in the finals, have lost interest. The hype associated with the World Cup final is clearly absent. “The semi-final was like a rock concert and I believe that 95 percent of the audience was Pakistani. I’m not sure how many people will be there on Sunday, ”said Australian coach Justin Langer, whose team beat Pakistan in the semi-finals. “Anyway, it will be a brilliant sight.”

Unexpected finalists? Someone was trying to tell this to Aaron Finch. “Not unexpected, no,” the Australian skipper said in his pre-match media appearance. “We came up with a clear plan to win. We have always felt that we had depth and quality. And New Zealand has been in every final for a long time. This is a great team and shouldn’t be underestimated. Maybe the people outside know, but we don’t. “

New Zealand on a great run

New Zealand – World Testing Champions, 2019 ODI World Cup Finalists and just one step away from becoming T20 World Champions – all in two years. This is a serious reminder that there are no outsiders.

“This has nothing to do with us. We focus on cricket and try our best. We do not control the different tags, ”said New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.

Both teams are confident with amazing finishing moves in the semi-finals against more attractive opponents. It could be argued that there were stronger and more balanced teams in the tournament, but only Australia and New Zealand controlled the moments of pressure. This is what it all comes down to at the World Championships. It is unlikely that the final will be otherwise.

Finch was tempted to hit first in the semi-finals given the pressure of the knockouts, but was dissuaded from the idea. The statistics tell a different story. All nine evening matches in Dubai and 16 of the last 17 T20 matches have been won in pursuit of the game. The exception was the IPL final, which was convincingly won by the Chennai Super Kings.

Warner will be the key

Bat or bowl, overplaying the edge was more important than usual in this tournament. On the fields in the UAE, it was difficult to pick up the tempo in the middle of the over. This increased Australia’s dependence on David Warner, and he did not disappoint them. The fact that he’s the only left-hander on the top list lends more meaning to his longer tenure. He found a way to overcome his lethargy by staying aggressive. Warner scored 236 runs in six innings (148 hits), while Finch, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell were pretty quiet.

Top New Zealand players are Trent Boult, Tim Suti and Adam Milne. If Australia is determined to maintain its attack pattern, which has refreshed their views on the T20, Warner will be a key factor. Kiwi spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner did a poor job with lefties (2 weeks, 60 on average) as opposed to right-handers (9 weeks, 18 on average). Matthew Wade is the only left-hander in Australia to face Pakistan at number 7. Finch suggested that he could be floating and increase the order.

Australia is working really hard while New Zealand is full of bowling opportunities. Williamson’s strategy was broadly based on data analysis, while Australia resisted radical moves. New Zealand’s conservative batting on top reflects their limited batting. Playing with England almost cost the game before James Nisham and Daryl Mitchell saved the game. When Devon Conway is injured, goalie Tim Seifert’s ability to score in the Reverse V should help.


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