When Australia and New Zealand meet in the ICC T20 World Cup final in Dubai, the Trans-Tasman rivalry will be reignited once more. Both of these teams last met seven months ago in New Zealand, where Australia was defeated 3-2. It was a thrilling series in which Australia battled back to tie the series at 2-2 before losing the five-match series. Here are the four important bouts that could determine the outcome of the game for each squad.

David Warner vs. Trent Boult: Australia is in it until Warner is in it. Whatever his IPL fortunes may be right now, the exquisite left-hander has shown he doesn’t give a damn! He stood up and sought to anchor the chase against Pakistan, which was packed with cold, calculating risks. With 236 runs, he is Australia’s leading run scorer in the competition, and he is peaking at the ideal time; look at his previous two scores (89 vs West Indies and 49 vs Pakistan). Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Trent Boult has the secret to neutralising Australian brute might. Despite his ineffectiveness against the left-hander in international cricket, he has been successful in the IPL, allowing him to score 37 runs in 38 balls.

Martin Guptill vs Pat Cummins: Guptill may have only scored two runs in the semi-final, but he likes batting against Australia. When Finch and his team crossed the border into New Zealand in February, he scored the most runs (218) and averaged 43. Despite his small average of 180 runs in the competition so far, he has been successful in scoring quick runs and assisting his side.Meanwhile, Pat Cummins can be a nightmare for him. As a street-smart T20 bowler, the Australian knows how to adjust his length and line to the game’s demands. His final over against Pakistan was a case in point, as he gave up only three runs while dismissing big-hitting Asif Ali.

James Neesham vs Mitchell Marsh: Mitchell Marsh has shown some intent against Pakistan, where he and Warner created a rescue act, but his World Cup figures have not been great. He scored 108 runs in five games, and as an all-rounder, it was difficult to accept that he had taken zero wickets thus far. Similarly, James Neesham has underperformed expectations, taking only three wickets and scoring 73 runs; nonetheless, both of them appear to be on track for a good finish in the final. Whoever wins this fight will assist in the delivery of the cup to his team.

Adam Zampa vs Ish Sodhi: Both spinners have played admirably in the UAE, outfoxing hitters. While Sodhi can bowl quickly and with flatter trajectories, Zampa bowls with a lot of air in his deliveries. With 12 wickets in the tournament, Zampa appears to be dominating the battle right now. Sodhi has nine games under his belt, but he has every chance to win big on the big night and because he does not play in the IPL, the Australia middle order hasn’t seen much of him recently.