T20 World Cup final, NZ vs AUS: Trent Boult will be hoping for a good show on Sunday.© AFP
Both New Zealand and Australia were not strong contenders to win the T20 World Cup, but they overcame adversity to make it to the finals. Trans-Tasman rivals will now face off for the first T20 World Cup title they have never won before. Australia’s batting has been moderated by David Warner but there are some weaknesses in the Australian batting camp which were exposed by the Pakistani bowlers in the semi-final and New Zealand would like to do the same. Apart from the spin threat posed by Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, New Zealand have left-arm pacer Trent Boult.
While Boult had a rare day in the semi-final against England, going without a wicket and conceding 40 runs in his four overs, his record in Dubai made for an ominous reading for the Australians.
Boult has a great record in Dubai. He has taken 18 wickets in nine T20Is since 2020 at an average of 13.50 and has a strike rate of 11.30, including two maiden overs.
To make matters worse for Aaron Finch and his team, this left-handed batsman loves to bowl against the Aussies. Boult has taken 10 wickets in eight T20Is against Australia, the most for him against any team in T20Is.
The New Zealander was widely picked up by England but this was only the second instance in 11 T20I innings where he failed to pick up a wicket. He has so far taken 18 wickets in 2021 at an average of 16.61 and an economy rate of 7.00.
Boult is on fire in the ongoing T20 World Cup and has been one of the top performers for the Kiwis.
He has taken 11 wickets in this tournament and is the only fast bowler to take more than 10 wickets in this tournament so far.
Boult will now look to wreak havoc against Australia and lead his team to their maiden T20 World Cup title.
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