T20 World Cup Final: Australia beat New Zealand by eight wickets

Australia powered to an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand to win the Men’s T20 World Cup for the first time.

Mitchell Marsh scored a ferocious 77 not out from 50 balls as Australia overhauled what appeared to be a challenging 173 with seven deliveries to spare in Dubai.

The all-rounder shared a dominant stand of 92 with opener David Warner and continued to attack after the opener was bowled for 53 from 38 balls.

Marsh was dropped on 68 but at that stage only 15 runs were needed from 19 balls, the highest chase in a Men’s T20 World Cup final a near certainty.

After Glenn Maxwell hit the winning runs, Marsh was mobbed by his team-mates.

New Zealand, now beaten in three consecutive white-ball finals, were arguably favourites at the halfway stage after Kane Williamson’s 85 from 48 balls in a total of 172-4 on a slow pitch.

The Black Caps struggled early in their innings, their top order conservative on a pitch on which batters took time to get going.

Had New Zealand won, the final may have been remembered for Williamson’s innings, but instead Marsh will take the headlines.

With this win Australia have completed the white-ball set and have home advantage when they defend the title next year.