New Zealand and Australia will compete to become champions for the first time in T20 World Cup
When New Zealand and Australia enter the final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday 14 November, there will be not only the title at stake, but also history. will also happen. Which team will create history by becoming the new world champion of T20 cricket? But not only the history of winning the title, but the history between the two teams is also at stake. Summarily, the closest history between the two teams is the final match of the 2015 ODI World Cup, where Australia defeated New Zealand in Melbourne to win the title for the fifth time. But looking closely, this history is not only 6 years old, but 40 years old. Australia has inflicted many wounds on New Zealand in the last 40 years and they will all be accounted for by Kane Williamson in Dubai on Sunday.
This final of the World Cup for New Zealand is a big coincidence. The Kiwi team has reached the final for the first time and in this it is facing its own neighboring country Australia. Earlier in 2015, when the final of the ODI World Cup was played between the two teams, New Zealand had made it to the final for the first time. In such a situation, it is not going to be easy for New Zealand to overcome this difficult obstacle once again and if we look at the record between the two countries, then history is not in New Zealand’s favor at all and it has been going on since 1981. That is, from exactly 40 years ago.
New Zealand wait for victory since 1981
In the last 40 years, New Zealand and Australia have competed 17 times in the knockout matches of a multi-nation tournament or series or tournament with more than two teams. In this, the Kiwi team defeated Australia by 78 runs in the match played in Sydney in 1981. This was New Zealand’s last major win over Australia. Since then, Australia has defeated New Zealand every time in 16 consecutive matches till 2019.
The biggest occasion in this was the final of the 2015 World Cup played in Melbourne, when Australia won the title. Before that, Kangaroos also won the semi-finals of 2006 Champions Trophy played in Mohali. At the same time, in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Chennai in 1996, Australia had won.
Williamson’s team has big match experience
Now the best opportunity to stop this series of defeats that has been going on since 1981 has come to the New Zealand team. The Kiwi team, captained by Kane Williamson, was not considered by anyone in this tournament, but the New Zealand team, which reached the third final in three consecutive years, has more experience playing such big matches than the current Australia and in such a situation Williamson You can account for all the pain suffered by your old teams on November 14.
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