Remember this: in 2021, Australia will become the first country in the world to win the T20 World Cup.

Remember this: in 2021, Australia will become the first country in the world to win the T20 World Cup.

In Srinagar, after Australia had waited 14 years for an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy, the winning moment occurred in true Glenn Maxwell manner. Australia was able to take home the championship.

The powerful all-rounder clinched an eight-wicket victory against New Zealand’s neighbours with a reverse sweep, which prompted his ecstatic teammates to rush onto the field to celebrate the victory.

It looked as if their ambitions of winning a fairy tale first title in Australia had been dashed when the World Cup on home soil in 2020 had to be postponed.

However, the story behind Australia’s victory in the United Arab Emirates was probably more spectacular, as the team had to come back from a crushing defeat to England in the group stage in order to finally prevail.

The tone is established by the strong beginning.

Although the Australian players may have wished they were playing at the Gabba or the MCG, they did not exhibit any indications of homesickness in either of their first two matches in Group 1.

The eventual winners got off to a successful start with a victory in the first match against South Africa. They prevailed over their opponents by a score of five wickets with two balls left in the game.

Marcus Stoinis’ fast 24 off 16 balls proved to be enough to back up Australia’s strong performance with the ball, headed by Josh Hazlewood’s two for 16. Steve Smith’s 35 provided the foundation, and it was enough to back up Australia’s outstanding work with the ball.

After that, Australia cruised to an easy win against Sri Lanka by a margin of seven wickets, and David Warner got into his rhythm by scoring 65 runs off of only 42 balls. At that point, it seemed like Australia would be able to go to the semifinals.

The United Kingdom is a speed bump on the road.

The Australian powerhouse was stopped in their tracks by another team that was projected to go far in the competition.

A match against England, a matchup not just loaded with superlative talent but also lashings of history and rivalry, was always going to be difficult because of all of these factors.

The previous two matches had both resulted in large totals for Australia, but in the third match, they were dismissed for 125 in the face of a merciless English onslaught. This brought them back down to earth.

Chris Jordan was successful in claiming three wickets, including those of leading run-scorer and skipper Aaron Finch, as well as the prized scalp of Smith, who was dismissed for only one run.

But even though England’s bowling assault was brutal, it was nothing compared to their batting line-up, which quickly exceeded Australia’s score with 8.2 overs to spare, with Jos Buttler blasting a massive 71 off only 32 balls.

It put Australia in a difficult position, and they needed to go back to their early form as soon as possible if they were to continue on to the knockout phases of the tournament.

Coming out on top

Although a loss of this magnitude and kind could have shaken the confidence of other sides, it did not shake that of this particular one.

A sweeping win against Bangladesh was exactly what the doctor ordered, as the Tigers just needed 6.2 overs to beat Bangladesh’s score of 73 runs in their innings.

This time around, spinner Adam Zampa was in excellent form with the ball in his hand, and he was able to clean up the Bangladesh tail by collecting a five-for in his four overs.

And qualifying was ensured with a victory against the West Indies, with Warner hitting an unbeaten 89 off 56 balls to seal the deal. This came after Hazlewood once again shone with the ball in hand, finishing with figures of four for 39.

In-form Pakistan dominates their opponent in the semi-final.

A matchup with Pakistan in the semi-finals was the reward for finishing in second place in Group 1.

Pakistan had been dominant during the whole group stage, winning all five of their matches and claiming a decisive victory against India, which was Pakistan’s first victory over India in 13 tries at the World Cup. India is Pakistan’s most important adversary.

However, they did not have a response to the Australia team, which was now operating on all cylinders.

After Aaron Finch was out for a duck in the first innings of the reply, David Warner scored 49 runs to help steady the ship. Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade then finished the job, with Wade scoring 41 runs off 17 balls, to send Australia through to their second ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final appearance.

The capstone of valour

The valiant efforts of Wade and Stoinis have set up a showdown versus New Zealand in which both teams have a shot at winning their first-ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy.

In the past, Australia had been one victory away from triumph, but they were defeated handily by England in the final match that was held in Barbados in 2010.

Mitchell Marsh’s unbroken 77 off 50 balls, which included four sixes, brought the trophy to Australia for the very first time 11 years later. This victory exorcised the demons that had plagued Australia for so long.

Warner smashed 53 runs off of 38 balls and was subsequently crowned Player of the Tournament. Despite the fact that New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson had scored 85 runs to assist the Black Caps set their neighbours a total of 173 to chase, it was not enough. Warner was eventually voted Player of the Tournament.

After that, Marsh stepped to the crease and grabbed charge of the match, and Maxwell added 28 runs off of only 18 deliveries to clinch the job with seven balls to spare.

With thanks to the ICC

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