After 44 gruelling encounters during 25 days at four venues in the Middle East, 16 teams have become two.
Five-time ODI World Champions Australia will take on reigning World Test Champions New Zealand in the finals of the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup in Dubai this evening.
The game is scheduled to get underway at 7.30pm Sri Lanka in Dubai.
Australia led by Aaron Finch were not among the favourites even to make it to the knockouts, but after four deceive wins in five Super 12 games they pipped South Africa to qualify for the semi-finals.
The Aussies who finished second took on table toppers and favourites Pakistan in the semi-final.
They chased down Pakistan’s 176-run total in 19 overs with Matthew Wage making a 17-ball 40 to secure a place in a T20 World Cup after 11 years.
Opener David Warner has been Australia’s batting mainstay and has scored 236 runs so far including a 30-ball 49 in the semifinals.
Skipper Finch, Mitchell Marsh, and Marcus Stoinis have played cameos but have not been tested in close encounters.
On the bowling front, Adam Zampa has led the Aussie bowling with 12 wickets.
He has received support from Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood who have combined to take 17 wickets.
Captain Finch will be hoping his four all-rounders, Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Stoinis and Pat Cummins will play decisive roles especially in the bowling department today in their quest for a maiden title.
Australia are unlikely to make any changes to the playing XI despite Ashton Agar having done well against the New Zealanders in T20Is.
New Zealand on the other hand did not have the best of starts at the World Cup.
They lost to Pakistan in the first match by five wickets in a low-scoring encounter.
The Kane Williamson-led team however bounced back with four straight wins to qualify for the semi-final at the expense of India who were the pre-tournament favourites.
New Zealand was pitted with the world’s best T20 side England in the semi-final.
The Black Caps who lost to England in the last ODI World Cup chased down the target with five wickets to spare to enter their third straight ICC events’ final.
Veteran Martin Guptill has been shouldering the New Zealand batting during the Super 12s until Daryll Mitchell took over the mantle in the semis and blew the English apart.
Mitchell and Guptil are among the top 10 highest run getters in the World Cup after scoring 197 and 180 runs respectively.
Ever-consistent Trent Boult is the leading wicket-taker for New Zealand with 11 while his opening partner Tim Southee has taken a wicket in every match they have played in the tournament thus far.
Ish Sodhi has also played his part taking nine wickets.
They will however not have the services of Devon Conway for the final due to an injury and will see Tim Seifert making back to the playing XI.
The Dubai pitch will once again be good for batting but Captains will prefer to chase considering the dew factor.
Australia has a 9-4 win record over New Zealand in T20Is and will be favorites going into the finals in two hours time.
Prediction: Toss will play a major role but Australia is expected to take home their first T20 World Cup trophy