Australia are set to lock horns with their trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in the most important clash of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 final.
Both the teams displayed an aggressive brand of cricket in their respective semi-final fixtures to knockout group leaders England and Pakistan from the tournament.
Both teams are in the quest of winning their maiden T20 World Cup. New Zealand make their first appearance in the final of the mega event while Australia ended as the runners-up in the 2010 T20 WC to England.
Mindset will be important in the final: Justin Langer
The trend of the tournament has so far been to to win the toss and put the opposition to set the target and then chase it.
29 of 44 matches in this edition of the Worlf T20 were won by the team chasing the score. In the earlier part of the tournament, the dew, that comes in the later part of the day, played a huge role in the aforementioned notion.
With weather conditions in UAE changing the trend remained to be same. As both New Zealand and Australia chased a tough score with one over to spare that also against some good bowling attack.
Australia head coach Justin Langer wants his players to play fearlessly irrespective of which innings they bat in the final.
“So bat first or second that fearless or aggressive batting will be crucial. It’s very important we have the mindset whether we bat or bowl first that we can win from any situation. That mindset will be important, you can’t deny the statistics but we need the mindset,” Langer was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.
There is a real calmness in the group: Justin Langer
Australia came in the tournament with some heavy T20I series defeats to West Indies and Bangladesh.
The return of their star campaigners did add much to their cause as not many would have considered them contenders of the World T20 title.
They have seen different match-winners kn the group stage with the likes of opener David Warner regained his form with the bat.
Matthew Wade turned out to be finisher for them in the semi-final against Pakistan as he smashed three sixes in a row to Shaheen Afridi.
Langer said his players are calm and confident to play in the final of T20 World Cup.
“There is a real calmness in the group. They’re really backing themselves there. They’re very well prepared. They have some real confidence now and there’s just a really good feeling in the group,” he added.
Australia play against New Zealand in the final on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.