Dubai: The final match of T20 World Cup 2021 will be played between New Zealand and Australia from 7:30 pm today at Dubai International Stadium. The ‘enmity’ between New Zealand and Australia is somewhat similar to that of India and Pakistan. After the 2015 ODI World Cup, the teams of New Zealand and Australia are once again facing each other in the final in any ICC tournament.
Why is this T20 World Cup special?
The final of T20 World Cup 2021 will be very special in itself. This final is between two neighboring countries, who also met 6 years ago in the final of the One Day World Cup in 2015. With this final, the T20 format will get a new world champion. Both the teams proved all the predictions wrong by defeating the two strongest teams of the tournament and made it to the finals. New Zealand beat England by 5 wickets in the first semi-final. Then in the second semi-final, Australia defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets.
Why is there animosity between New Zealand and Australia?
It is at a distance of about 1500 km from New Zealand and Australia and between the two countries is the Tasmania Sea. It is about a thousand kilometers away from other islands like New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. The country of New Zealand is so far away that human settlement also reached here after a long time. According to the official website of New Zealand, the history here is spectacular, in which a mixture of Maori and European culture is found. Both Australia and New Zealand are situated on the shores of the Tasman Sea. The Tasman Sea lies between the two countries. For this reason, the history of these two is seen in the name of Trans-Tasman. Many people consider New Zealand to be part of Australia, which no New Zealand citizen likes. There is also a tough competition between New Zealand and Australia on the field of play.
Apart from cricket, there is also a tough competition in rugby
Since 1930, both the countries have been fighting against each other in the Commonwealth Games. Apart from cricket, the enmity between the two countries is also very much liked in other sports including rugby, net ball, hockey. Talking about natural beauty, it is in euphoria in New Zealand. Snow covered glaciers, green mountains, beautiful plains, pond-lakes, blue skies, and sea shore, you will find everything here.
Australia was the world cup champion 5 times
Australia has won a record five World Cup titles in 50-over cricket, but interestingly, they are yet to win the T20 World Cup trophy. On the other hand, New Zealand has always been a consistent performer in ICC (International Cricket Council) competitions and now it seems that they have the confidence to move forward under the able leadership of Kane Williamson.
New Zealand’s first T20 final
This will be their first T20 World Cup final and if they win it, it will be a great achievement for the country from which world-class players continue to emerge. As far as the T20 clash between the two teams is concerned, Australia has always dominated the current World Test champions. But New Zealand won their only World Cup match in the 2016 edition in India.
The teams are as follows:
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Adam Zampa .
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Adam Milne, Martin Guptill, Klay Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.