Marsh powers Australia to victory over New Zealand in T20 World Cup final

Mitchell Marsh has led Australia to an 8-wicket win over New Zealand in the men’s T20 World Cup final at the Dubai International Stadium.

Having restricted New Zealand to 4-172, Australia reached their target with seven balls to spare after a brilliant batting display.

Mitchell Marsh in action for Australia.Credit:Getty Images

Marsh, who scored 77 of 50 balls, set a solid foundation for the win in partnership with David Warner, who made 53 off 38 balls before being bowled by Trent Boult.

Australia lost just one other wicket, Aaron Finch, who fell for 5 off 7 balls with the score on 15.

Glenn Maxwell joined Marsh with the score on 107, the pair doing enough to guide their side home.

Earlier, captain Kane Williamson hit a whirlwind 85 off 48 balls to power New Zealand to 4-172.

Put into bat, New Zealand struggled to get going and were 1-57 at the halfway stage of their innings before Williamson accelerated.

The right-hander, dropped on 21 near the boundary, hit three sixes and 10 fours after Australia skipper Aaron Finch had elected to field.

Australia, chasing their maiden 20-overs world title, went into the match with an unchanged side. New Zealand replaced injured wicketkeeper Devon Conway with Tim Seifert in the only change to their team.

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