The stage is set for the big-ticket finale of 2021 t20 world cup Match between New Zealand and Australia at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Neighboring countries will resume their intense trans-Tasman rivalry. Both the teams did not enter the tournament with the tag of favourites, but went ahead of the alleged favorites and are on the verge of winning the T20 World Cup for the first time in their cricket history. Australia and New Zealand were second in their group after the Super 12 stage, both losing their only match to their group-toppers. In the semi-final, both the teams won by equal margin of five wickets and one over.
New Zealand have been one of the most consistent sides in all three formats of the game for the past decade, on the other hand, the Aussies have gone down a bit in terms of their dominance in ICC events in recent times. 1990s and 2000s.
The India-Pakistan or Australia vs England rivalry has historically been talked about as one of the best, storied rivalries, but take a look at the past of the Australia-New Zealand rivalry and you’ll realize that the trans-Tasman neighbor has it all. Leave territory to trump other, going beyond some and sometimes acrimonious affairs. In what turned out to be the biggest cricket controversy – the underarm bowling incident from the third of the best-of-five final of the 1980–81 World Series Cup at the MCG. Over the years, Australia have faced New Zealand on several occasions in ICC World Cup events and while the dominant Aussies from the previous era had the number of Black Caps, that could change on Thursday. Ahead of the T20 World Cup final, here are the previous World Cup matches between Australia and New Zealand:
Australia vs New Zealand 1987 World Cup
In the 1987 World Cup, both Australia and New Zealand were desperate to win their first world title. The two neighboring countries faced each other twice in the tournament and Australia emerged victorious both times. In the first clash, the match was reduced to 30 overs, with New Zealand winning the toss and electing to bowl. Australia posted a tough total of 199-4 courtesy of David Boon’s 87 and Deam Jones’ 52. The Kiwis tried their best in the chase, but their middle order collapsed badly as they were restricted to 196/9 from 133/3 and lost the match by 3 runs.
In their second meeting, Australia captain Allan Border won the toss and opted to bat first. Geoff Marsh scored an unbeaten 126 to lay the foundation for a challenging total. The Aussies posted a score of 251-8 in 50 overs as Dean Jones was also instrumental in his 56-run stand. Despite John Wright’s 61 and Ken Ruthford’s 44, New Zealand once again lost the match by 17 runs in the chase.
Australia vs New Zealand 1992 World Cup
In their struggle in World Cup events, New Zealand chose to bat first as legend Martin Crowe scored an unbeaten 100 and Ken Rutherford scored 57 to take the Kiwis to 248/6 in 50 overs. David Boon stood firm and scored 100 but none of the other batsmen supported him enough in the chase. Australia were bundled out for 211 and lost the match by 37 runs as Gavin Larsen took three wickets.
Australia vs New Zealand 1996 World Cup
The two teams once again met each other in the 1996 World Cup, where Australia extended their lead over New Zealand with a 6-wicket win in a high-scoring clash. New Zealand posted a total of 286-9 as Chris Harris scored 130 while Lee Germon scored 89. Meanwhile, Australia, who were in the early stages of their golden generation, chased down the target with 13 balls to spare. Mark Waugh scored 110, while his brother Steve Waugh scored an unbeaten 59, which laid the foundation for a crucial victory as Australia also went on to play the final of the tournament where they lost to Sri Lanka.
Australia vs New Zealand 1999 World Cup
In the next World Cup between the two teams, New Zealand emerged victorious with a 5 wicket victory after a collective performance of both bat and ball. Geoff Allott claimed four wickets to restrict the star-studded Australia batting unit to 213-8 after 50 overs. Despite the initial setbacks, New Zealand did not have much trouble chasing the target. Roger Twos (80*) and Chris Cairns (60) put on a crucial 148-run partnership for the fifth wicket to give New Zealand a crucial group stage win.
Australia vs New Zealand 2003 World Cup
Australia was at its peak in 2003 as the players of their gold generation were all mature and ready to shine on the big stage. Despite posting 208-9 on the scoreboard, the Aussies beat New Zealand by 96 runs. It was a great clash between Shane Bond and Brett Lee, two of the fastest bowlers of that generation. Bond was right on the money as he picked up six wickets and was instrumental in giving New Zealand a chance to exit the game with a target of 209 runs. However, nothing went as planned for New Zealand in the chase as Lee shattered their batting order with a fifer.
Australia vs New Zealand 2007 World Cup
Ricky Ponting’s Aussies were one of the most influential units in the history of the game and facing them in the knockout stages of the ICC event itself was a worrying sign for the opposition. Australia, batting first, posted a mammoth total of 348-6 as Matthew Hayden, who was enjoying a scintillating run with the bat, laid the groundwork for 103. New Zealand gave no fight in the chase and lost the match by 215 runs after being reduced to just 133 runs.
Australia vs New Zealand 2011 World Cup
Australia managed to extend their lead over their neighbors New Zealand as they once again emerged victorious in the World Cup with a 7-wicket win. Ponting, who led Australia for the last time in the World Cup, won the toss and decided to bowl first. The fast pace duo of Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait rioted with the ball and bundled out the Kiwis for just 206 runs in Nagpur. Shane Watson (62) and Brad Haddin (55) put on a 133-run partnership for the first wicket to set the stage for a big win. Australia chased down the target in just 34 overs.
Australia vs New Zealand 2015 World Cup
Both the countries faced each other twice in the mega ICC event which was jointly hosted by both of them. In the first match, it was a clash between two fast bowling units led by two of the best left-arm fast bowlers in the world, Trent Boult and Mitchell Starc. Australia won the toss and elected to bat but nothing went according to their plan as Boult rioted with his five-wicket haul as Michael Clarke & Co. were restricted to just 151. In response, Starc took responsibility for maintaining his team. Survived the game and claimed six wickets but the Aussies fell short as the Blackcaps won the match by 1 wicket with Kane Williamson scoring the winning run for them.
The next time the two teams faced off in the 2015 World Cup, Australia took revenge by beating New Zealand in a massive way in the mega finale. New Zealand were bundled out for 183 after batting first and Australia chased them down with ease and won the final by 7 wickets to clinch their fifth world title. Clarke also said goodbye to international cricket with that victory.
Australia vs New Zealand 2016 T20 World Cup
The two neighbors faced each other for the first time in the T20 World Cup in 2016. During that time, Australia, which was going through transition, had to face defeat by 8 runs. Batting first, New Zealand scored 142-8 and everyone thought it would be an easy task for the Aussies but they failed miserably. Pushing David Warner into the middle order was a questionable call by the team management and they paid a huge price for it. Australia were restricted to 134-9 and lost the match by 8 runs to prove their dominance in the shortest format.
Australia vs New Zealand 2019 World Cup
It was once again a clash between Bolt and Starc and the latter was slightly ahead to guide his team to victory. Boult took advantage of the Australian batting line-up with his half-century as Australia were restricted to 243/9 in 50 overs. Usman Khawaja (88) and Alex Carey (71) were the only batsmen to stand against Boult & Co. In response, Starc reduced the Kiwi line-up to just 157 with his fifth. Williamson (40) and Ross Taylor (30) showed some courage with the bat in the middle but that was not enough.