Finch said Mitchell Marsh came to the crease because he was out and played a pivotal innings with David Warner. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh put on 92 for the second wicket to put Australia in command.
‘The turning point in the game was when I actually ran out. It was because I was out that Mitchell Marsh was able to get to the crease and play an outstanding innings with Davy (Warner). Marsh’s innings were great in every sense. The manner in which New Zealand was put under pressure was also the need of the hour. ‘ Finch said.
New Zealand’s 173 – run target was surpassed by Australia with seven balls to spare. Score: New Zealand 172/4 in 20 overs, Australia 173/2 in 18.5 overs.
Mitchell Marsh (77 off 50 balls) and David Warner (53 off 38 balls) were the main contributors to Australia’s victory. Glenn Maxwell (28 off 18 balls) was also instrumental in Australia’s victory. Finch was dismissed for just five off seven balls.
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Australia chased down New Zealand’s 173 – run target, but lost captain Finch (five off seven balls). It was later seen that Australia was really taking advantage of winning the toss in the match. The Kiwis bowlers were outscored by both the batsmen as Australia crossed the 100 mark in the 12th over.
Meanwhile, Warner completed his half-century. Trent Bolt relieved the Kiwis by dismissing David Warner at a time when Australia looked set to win easily. However, the Kiwis’ hopes of victory were dashed when Maxwell, who later reached the crease, collapsed.
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Earlier, New Zealand lost the toss and opted to bat, scoring 172 for four in the allotted 20 overs. Captain Kane Williamson led New Zealand’s innings with a brilliant batting performance. Williamson’s devastating attack on the Australian bowlers came at a time when other New Zealand batsmen were struggling to find rhythm on the pitch in Dubai. Williamson was the Kiwis’ top scorer with 85 off 48 balls.