Marcus Stonins and Mathew Wade
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The final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 sees New Zealand take on Australia at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. The two teams have met each other only once in T20 World Cup during the 2016 edition of the tournament.

NZ vs AUS: Australia’s Predicted Playing XI Against New Zealand

Daryl Mitchell
Daryl Mitchell. Image-Twitter

New Zealand won that game by 8 runs. Australia wouldn’t be worrying too much on that result. Aaron Finch and Co. have exhibited sensational performances in the tournament. They have never won a T20 World Cup title and would be keen to win their first-ever title on Sunday.

Australia are coming into the game on the back of a five-wicket win over Pakistan in the second semi-final. Their bowlers didn’t bowl too well and conceded 176 runs in the first innings. Adam Zampa (1 for 22) and Pat Cummins (1 for 30) bowled well but the rest of the bowlers had a forgettable outing.

Despite conceding a big total, Australia chased down the score in 19 overs. Australia lost wickets at regular intervals in the second innings but David Warner (49 off 30) kept Aussies in the chase. His wicket, however, put them on the backfoot. After 12.2 overs, Australia had lost half of their side.

Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis
Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis. Credits: Twitter

However, Marcus Stoinis and Mathew Wade held their nerves and put on a sensational 81-run partnership to guide Australia home. The duo kept hitting boundaries, making sure the required run-rate doesn’t go beyond reach.

Needing 22 runs in the last two overs, Mathew Wade hit three sixes in the penultimate over to finish the game with an over left to play. Wade played an unbeaten 40-run knock off 17 balls, while Stoinis scored 41 off 31 balls.

Jimmy Neesham
Jimmy Neesham. Credits: Twitter

On the other hand, New Zealand are also coming into the game on the back of a sensational five-wicket win over England in the semi-final. Given the kind of form, England batsmen were in, New Zealand did well to restrict them to 166 runs in the first innings.

The Blackcaps, though, didn’t make a great start to the chase, losing the first two wickets for just 13 runs inside the first three overs. However, Daryl Mitchell hung in there and stitched crucial partnerships with Devon Conway (46 off 38) and James Neesham (27 off 11). Mitchell anchored the chase and stayed right till the end. He played an unbeaten 72-run knock off 47 deliveries to help his team chase down the score in 19 overs.

Devon Conway has been ruled out of the final match due to injury and this is a big disappointment for New Zealand. Tim Seifert is likely to replace him in the playing XI.

New Zealand vs Australia Prediction- Who Will Win the Match Between NZ And AUS, ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Final

Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell
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Teams Head to Head Records: T20 Internationals 

Stats Matches AUS Win  NZ Won N/R
Overall 14 9 5
At Dubai International Cricket Stadium
In the last 5 matches 5 2 3
In T20 World Cup 1 0 1

STATS – T20

Total matches 73
Matches won batting first 34
Matches won bowling first 38
Average 1st Inns scores 141
Average 2nd Inns scores 124
Highest total recorded 211/6 (20 Ov) by IRE vs SCO
Lowest total recorded 55/10 (14.2 Ov) by WI vs ENG
Highest score chased 183/5 (19.4 Ov) by AFG vs UAE
Lowest score defended 134/7 (20 Ov) by OMAN vs HK

Toss Prediction for the final match of ICC T20 World Cup 2021

The team winning the toss is likely to bowl first.

Predicted Scores for the final match of ICC T20 World Cup 2021

Team 1st batting 2nd batting
Australia 150-170 150-160
New Zealand 130-140 130-140

Australia: 

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
David Warner 6 236 47.2
Aaron Finch 6 130 21.67
Mitchell Marsh 5 108 36
Glenn Maxwell 6 36 9
Steve Smith 6 69 23
Marcus Stoinis 6 80 80

Who will score the most runs for Australia in the match: David Warner or Aaron Finch 

  • Bowling

Players Matches Runs Average
Adam Zampa 6 12 10.92
Mitchell Starc 6 9 20.89
Pat Cummins 6 5 30.00
Josh Hazlewood 6 8 19.88
Glenn Maxwell 6 2 36.00

Who will pick the most wickets for Australia in the match: Adam Zampa or Mitchell Starc 

New Zealand:

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
Daryl Mitchell 6 197 39.4
Kane Williamson 6 131 37.75
Martin Guptill 6 180 30
Glenn Phillips 6 87 29
Jimmy Neesham 6 73 36.5

Who will score the most runs for New Zealand in the match: Daryl Mitchell or Kane Williamson

  •  Bowling

Players Matches Wickets Average
Trent Boult 6 11 14.09
Tim Southee 6 8 17.25
Ish Sodhi 6 9 17.11
Adam Milne 5 3 46.33
Mitchell Santner 6 2 63.00

Who will the pick most wickets for New Zealand in the match: Trent Boult or Ish Sodhi