A new T20 world champion will be crowned after the Australia vs New Zealand final on Sunday in Dubai on November 14. New Zealand defeated England while Australia defeated Pakistan to enter the final.
The Black Caps will come into this match without the services of batsman and wicketkeeper Devon Conway as he broke his arm after being dismissed against England. This can give an opportunity to Tim Seifert, who can be brought into the team as a wicketkeeper.
For Australia, there are no pre-match injuries and Aaron Finch should go ahead with the same playing XI as he aims to clinch his maiden ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title.
Kane Williamson-led New Zealand have been a sensational team in recent times. Over the years, they have lost the final of the 50-over World Cup due to boundary count and then won the final of the ICC World Test Championship by beating India earlier this year. Now, they would like to claim their dominance and win the shortest format.
Dubai International Stadium Pitch Report:
The Dubai pitch has been batsmen friendly and has seen several big hits towards the end of the innings in the last few matches. The same is expected to happen in the New Zealand vs Australia final clash. If dew comes into play, it may be difficult to bowl second and hence the captain winning the toss may opt to field first. There may be some help for the fast bowlers in the later half of the match, but the spinners will be responsible for controlling the pace of the game in the middle overs.
Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Records (T20):
Total matches played: 73
Matches won by batting first: 34
Matches won by bowling first: 38
Average first innings score: 141
Average second innings score: 124
Highest total: 211/3 (20 overs) SL vs PAK. By
Minimum Total: 55/10 (14.2 Overs) WI vs ENG
Highest score chased: 183/5 (19.4 overs) by AFG vs UAE
Minimum score defended: 134/7 (20 overs) Oman vs HK. By