Dubai: New Zealand have set 173 runs to target to Australia after given batting chance by later in the final match of ICC T-20 World Cup final.
Australia had won the toss and elected to field and invited New Zealand for batting.
Kane Williamson’s 85 score in 48 balls helped New Zealand to reach 172.The Kiwis started cautiously after being invited to bat first and lost Daryl Mitchell caught behind for 11 off pace bowler Josh Hazlewood.
Martin Guptill, on 27, and skipper Kane Williamson, on 18, were attempting to hit back with five boundaries between them.
Both teams are bidding for their maiden T20 World Cup crown.
Displaying an impressive start, New Zealand opening batter Martin Guptill struck a four on the very second ball of the first over but lost their first wicket at 28 runs when Daryl Mitchell was sent back to the pavilion by Josh Hazlewood towards the end of the 3rd over.
New Zealand lost their second wicket in the 11th over after opening batter Martin Guptill was dismissed by Adam Zampa’s bowl after scoring 28 runs. By this time, the team had scored 76 runs.
Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson completed his half-century as the team scored a total of 108 runs in 14 overs.
By the end of the 16th over, New Zealand had scored 136 runs at the loss of 2 wickets. But in the very next over, Glenn Phillips and Williamson both were sent back to the pavilion by Hazlewood after scoring 18 and 85 runs, respectively.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c.), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult