At the Dubai International Stadium, Australia beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the final of the T20 World Cup 2021, clinching their maiden victory in the shortest version of the game. After being asked to bat first by Aaron Finch, Kane Williamson’s masterpiece pushed New Zealand to 172/4 in the first innings. The Kiwi captain anchored the innings with a magnificent 85 off 48 deliveries, giving the squad much-needed energy in the death overs.

The pressure of chasing down a run and the ever-increasing asking rate can have a huge impact on the game’s fortunes. Despite losing skipper Finch early in the run chase, Marsh persisted in attacking the bowling unit, scoring a blistering half-century off just 31 deliveries, the fastest 50 in T20 finals ever. In the first innings, the 30-year-old eclipsed Williamson’s 32-ball half-century. In addition, his undefeated 77 is tied for fourth best in a T20 World Cup Final.

Marsh made history by becoming the first Australian player to score 600 runs in T20 Internationals in a calendar year en route to his undefeated half-century. Since the beginning of the year, his move to number three in T20Is has paid off handsomely. His confidence was not harmed by a shaky start in the first two matches of this edition of the World Cup, as he bounced back with two 50+ scores in his final three games. 549 of the 627 runs he’s scored this year have come when batting at number three.

When it comes to the most successful teams across all formats, Australia comes to mind first. They added another World Cup title to their collection in the 2021 T20 WC Finals. Despite making it to the finals in the 2009 edition, they were unable to take home the trophy. Australia now has a total of six World Cup championships after winning this tournament. Five in ODIs, including three in a row from 1999 to 2007, and one in T20Is.