Australia wins T20 Global Cup for first time

KATHMANDU: Mitchell Mars and David Warner’s aggressive batting inspired Australia to lift the T20 World Cup title for the first time by defeating New Zealand by eight wickets. After Mars and Warner played a half-century in the final in Dubai on Sunday, Australia completed their 173-run target with seven balls to spare to lift Australia to their first T20 World Cup title.

The West Indies have won the title twice since the seventh edition of the T20 World Cup, while India, England, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have won the title 1-1. Australia, who have won the ODI World Cup five times, have not been able to win in the previous 20-over World Cup.

Mars, batting at number three, shared 92 balls with Warner for the second wicket. Warner scored 53 runs while Mars scored an unbeaten 77 runs. Earlier, New Zealand lost four wickets for a total of 172 runs after losing the toss and choosing to bat after captain Ken Williamson’s 85-run half-century.

For Australia, Hazlewood took three wickets for 16 runs in four overs. New Zealand, who reached the final for the first time with a victory over Australia, failed to win the title for the first time.


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