In the last 10 overs, New Zealand scored an amazing 115 runs after a slow start
Skipper Kane Williamson was brutal and brilliant in his beautiful 85th knockout, which saw New Zealand reach 172 for four matches against Australia in the World Cup T20 final this Sunday.
Beaten, New Zealand suffered in the first 10 overs with Martin Guptill suffering 28 ounces on 35 balls that delayed the event.
Williamson made his own stage with the grace of a ‘ballet dancer’ hitting four and six hits in his 47 ball knockout.
In the last 10 overs, New Zealand scored an impressive 115 runs to reach the ‘Grand Final’.
Williamson shifted gears easily so it was fun to see him play. The first 16 games he faced cost him only 15 runs while Adam Zampa was in the middle of a good performance while Guptill’s form also touched the lead.
But once, he decided he needed to move, he shot all the copies at will and scored 70 out of the next 31.
The Black Caps leader revealed why he is one of the most popular these days behind 10 when he wisely took an attack on the opposition camp. He became the captain with the highest goals in the T20 World Cup final than Kumar Sangakkara.
He changed things for the first time in the 11th hour when he started Mitchell Starc (0/60 in 4 overs) taking 19 off his overtime plus a back-to-back break by Josh Hazlewood.
The way the Starc graced the middle of the downhill line, it was the most exciting of the three that crashed on the track.
When Starc came into his third and 16th team competition, his confidence was already shaken and Williamson mocked him with a test team mixed with the T20 flair competition.
One for years was a ‘carry’ when Starc pulled one of his paddles and soared into Dubai’s atmosphere before entering the exhibition space.
If Starc’s second wicket was the worst, the worst came in a third that gave Kiwis 24 runs plus four four and six.
It was a ‘half-year’ of shame he would want to forget and forgive Josh Hazlewood for what could be a ‘turning match’. Hazlewood (3/16 in 4 overs) though was a bowler alongside Adam Zampa (1/24 in 4 overs).
The first half of the night was for Williamson, who repeated the old saying – professional boxers can play in any way as respectfully as they did in the evenings when it was most important.
Earlier, Australian ambassador Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to throw against New Zealand in a T20 World Cup match in Dubai on Sunday.
Australia did not change when New Zealand replaced Devon Conway and Tim Seifert.
Teams: New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (C), Tim Seifert, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult.
Australia: Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood.