The Australians dominated the tussle from the very first ball, as Kane Richardson celebrated captain Aaron Finch’s seventh over by lofting him over deep midwicket for six. The left-arm seamer ripped through the New Zealand top order, dismissing Corey Anderson and Colin Munro cheaply for ducks. Chris Lynn (25) and Glenn Maxwell (18) helped amass 59 in the first five overs, before Lynn was dismissed by legspinner Ish Sodhi for 25. Maxwell then took over, hitting three successive boundaries off Sodhi to bring the scores level. Kane Richardson, playing in his first T20 World Cup final, finished with 3-17, while Tom Curran contributed 2-22.
The Australia innings began in similar fashion to its season, with Finch smashing a massive six. Then he proceeded to blast three successive fours as well, another six racing from short third man. Captain Aaron Finch later posted his team’s highest score in a T20 World Cup final.
The NZers had their moments after Australia raced to 53-0 in the first seven overs, with Tom Bruce contributing two fours in his 22 off 17 balls. But by the time Corey Anderson fell for 10 in the eighth over, the party was on. New Zealand’s batsmen failed to repeat their incredible form in the semi-final with England, failing to take advantage of any promising overs. They finished with 153-8 and conceded a huge 217 to make Australia win by five wickets.
The Kiwis, who won only one of their nine previous group matches in the tournament, never recovered after losing Johnson, who went off for 15 off eight balls. Sodhi and Corey Anderson shared the honours with 3-22 each.