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How much did the Kane Williamson drop cost Australia?

Williamson's innings would have ended on 21 off 22 balls; he went on to score 85 off 48 balls

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Kane Williamson went on to score 85 off 48 balls Getty Images


Kane Williamson was the star of New Zealand's innings with a stunning 85 off 48 balls, but his innings would have ended on 21 off 22 balls had Josh Hazlewood held on to a regulation chance at fine leg. Hazlewood spilled that catch, the ball went for four, and Williamson then unleashed an array of attacking shots that fetched him 64 off the last 27 balls he faced (including the ball off which he was dropped).


According to Luck Index, that dropped catch from Hazlewood cost Australia 28 runs; had Williamson been dismissed then, the algorithm reckons that New Zealand would have finished on 144 instead of 172. This calculation is done by allotting the extra 26 balls that Williamson played to the batters who remained unbeaten and those who didn't bat in the New Zealand line-up (according to a logic that estimates the number of balls they would have faced).


The algorithm thus estimates that instead of the 64 runs that Williamson scored off those 27 deliveries, the other New Zealand batters would have managed only 36 off those.


Also, Mitchell Starc, the unlucky bowler, would have been decidedly happier had the catch been taken. He had conceded only three runs from two balls to Williamson before that delivery but ended up leaking 39 runs off 12 balls to him eventually.
 

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Marsh, Warner muscle Australia to T20 World Cup glory


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The Australian players reflect on their title win and what it means to them

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Half-centuries from Mitchell Marsh and David Warner trumped Kane Williamson's 48-ball 85 as Australia lifted their maiden T20 World Cup trophy in Dubai. Here's what the Australian players said after their win.


Matthew Wade: Huge [on what does this win mean]. At first, T20 World Cup coming in, felt like a lot of people maybe wrote us off and didn't expect us to get to this moment. But internally we spoke about we're gonna be the first team to achieve this for Australia. [It's] something really, really special.

[On his innings in the semi-final] When we sit down, I will reflect probably closely on that. I think more than my innings, the partnership, we spoke about me and Stoinis in the rooms when we're chasing, just saying that we probably didn't realise that we scored as many rounds as we did the other night. And then coming into this game, we felt really confident that if the boys could get off to a good start, then we could contribute at the end but thankfully Mitch and Davey (David Warner) and Maxie (Glenn Maxwell) at the end there did the job for us. As Stoinis said, just so proud of this group. Yeah, we're stoked.



Marcus Stoinis: The key…this group of boys, we absolutely, we actually love each other. It is beautiful. I can't wait to keep playing with this team. I'm so proud of them. You won't find bigger supporters of Mitch Marsh than right here [except for] probably his family. We're so happy for him.



Adam Zampa: I just tried to use my strengths to the best of my ability. I knew the wickets were gonna be pretty low. I bowled at a good time; we won the toss and bowled first. So it was probably a little bit drier when I was bowling, so I tried to use that to the best of my ability, tried to get tickets when we needed them and tried to defend when we need to do that as well.



[On backroom staff] A lot of credit goes to those guys. We've been in bubbles for almost two years now. And that takes a toll on everyone, including the staff. Our preparation from their side of things has been great. And it's their win as well.



Glenn Maxwell: He [Zampa] has been a superstar in this format as well as one-day cricket for a long period of time. I've had the pleasure of having him at the [Melbourne] Stars and watching him go about his work for a long time. So to watch him bring it straight into international cricket, like there's absolutely no edges whatsoever. He's just fitted in so well and last three years as a legspinner, I don't think there are many better in the world.



I was able to give myself a few days off before the tournament to really freshen up and I felt like I was hitting the ball really well. Luckily, that wasn't really required a whole heap. But it was nice to be out there at the end and get the winning runs.



Steven Smith: [This win means] a lot. We've worked hard for a long time. This is a trophy that has eluded us for a very long time. So it's an honour to be out here with the boys and to be able to take that trophy home, it's exceptional.



His [Warner's] last two weeks have been amazing. A lot of people were writing him off at the start, saying he was out of form but it took one good innings and he was away. Today I thought he came out with exceptional intent again. Him and Mitchell Marsh, that partnership really set us up for the game. I am really proud of those two boys. I think they've had great tournament, both of them.



Josh Hazlewood: There's always pressure, the batters are coming at you from ball one basically. But we started really well, we kept the powerplay to I think around 40. Some pretty good effort there and I obviously got away at the end. But we saw the wicket was pretty good and the exceptional chase from our guys.



[On Williamson's knock] He's a superb player and he has been for a long time now. Another classical Kane innings really, scored all around the ground and hurts you when you are bowling.



Justin Langer: I suppose everyone who wins a World Cup says it's hard to process, it's hard to put it into words. But this is such a special group of people. I know every coach, every captain says the same thing. But we've got some amazing cricketers here, we haven't had a chance to play together because of different reasons for last 12 months. So when we all got back together, it was almost like a reunion. And they're such close, there're so many close relationships there. It's a very, very special moment for everyone.



We knew that when we came back together how much talent we had. That's for one. I mean, there's enormous talent in this team. When we're in the West Indies and Bangladesh leading into this series, there were a few missing pieces. And Mitch Marsh took one of those pieces. And he's been brilliant. And we also embraced fun. In this situation, where everyone talks about bubble, these guys had so much fun on and off the ground. In this form of the game, actually in the game of cricket, it's important to have fun and enjoy it, and the guys have done that. I think it was a really important part of our success here.



Zamps puts a smile on my face every time because he's a little bit different. He's a little hippie, but he's so competitive, and he's been so good in this form of the game. We see legspinners have an impact around the world and he's doing that for Australia now.



And Josh Hazlewood, well, he didn't play the last one-day World Cup because he had some issues with his back. He has come in here, he's been sublime, so it's just been a great team effort.
 

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DUBAI: Mitchell Marsh smashed an unbeaten 77 as Australia hammered New Zealand by eight wickets to clinch their maiden Twenty20 World Cup title on Sunday with captain Aaron Finch describing the achievement as "huge".

Chasing 173 for victory, Australia depended on a 92-run second-wicket stand between David Warner, who made 53, and Marsh to achieve their target with seven balls to spare in Dubai.

Warner became Trent Boult's second wicket but Marsh kept up the charge to power Australia home to their long-awaited T20 crown and add to their five 50-over World Cup trophies.

Glenn Maxwell, who made 28, joined Marsh, who hit six fours and four sixes in his 50-ball knock, to put on 66 runs and hit the winning boundary.

"This is huge, to be the first Australian team to do it. I am so proud of how the guys went about the campaign," said Finch.
Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade said victory showed why Australia should not be under-estimated.

"We felt like a lot of people wrote us off but we spoke about being the first team to do this for Australia and it feels really special," he said.

Skipper Kane Williamson hit a valiant 85 in New Zealand's 172-4 after being invited to bat first in a crucial toss won by Finch.
Teams bowling first won 12 of 13 matches played at the Dubai International Stadium.

"They're a fantastic side, had a brilliant campaign and came out and turned it on," admitted Williamson.

Australia, whose previous best was a runners-up finish in 2010, came into this edition's semi-final with one loss to England and beat Pakistan in the final-four clash with a chase of 177.

Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood returned figures of 3-16 and leg-spinner Adam Zampa had 1-26.
 

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T20 World Cup: Pakistan's Babar Azam named captain of ICC's Team of the Tournament
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi named 12th player

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Pakistan batter Babar Azam has been named captain of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Team of the Tournament for the recently-concluded T20 World Cup 2021.

Babar, the lone Pakistani in the playing-eleven, was the highest scorer in the T20 World Cup with 303 runs at an average of 60.60, and hit four half-centuries in six matches. His team was knocked out in the semi-final.
Left-arm fast-bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi was named the 12th player.

Surprisingly, the 12-man squad excludes Pakistan’s second-highest scorer Mohammad Rizwan.
The selection panel, led by West Indian great Ian Bishop, said they had an unenviable task of narrowing it down to just 11 players after so many performances across 45 matches. On Rizwan’s absence, Bishop said:
“The top three in the order were so outstanding that we could not leave any of them out.

Notable absentees include Mohammed Rizwan who was simply outstanding and courageous in his performance.

However, we could not fit him into the team too far outside of the opening position where he is most suited and successful, nor ahead of those selected.”

Players who made it to the XI are:


David Warner
289 runs at 48.16. Strike rate of 146.70.
Jos Buttler
269 runs at 89.66. Strike rate of 151.12.
Babar Azam (Capt)
303 runs at 60.60. Strike rate of 126.25.
Charith Asalanka
231 runs at 46.20. Strike rate of 147.13.
Aiden Markram
162 runs at 54. Strike rate of 145.94.
Moeen Ali
92 runs at 46. Strike rate of 131.42. 7 wickets at 11.00. Economy of 5.50.
Wanindu Hasaranga
16 wickets at 9.75. The economy of 5.20. And 119 runs at 23.90. Strike rate of 148.75.
Adam Zampa
13 wickets at 12.07. Economy of 5.81.
Josh Hazlewood
11 wickets at 15.90. Economy of 7.29.
Trent Boult
13 wickets at 13.30. Economy of 6.25
Anrich Nortje
Nine wickets at 11.55. Economy of 5.37
Shaheen Afridi (12th man)
Seven wickets at 24.14. Economy of 7.04
 

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