Toss performed main function in Australia’s T20 World Cup win, admits Aaron Finch

Australia´s captain Aaron Finch throws a cap to a teammate during the ICC Mens Twenty20 World Cup semi-final match between Australia and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on November 11, 2021.-AFP
Australia´s captain Aaron Finch throws a cap to a teammate through the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup semi-final match between Australia and Pakistan on the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on November 11, 2021.-AFP 

DUBAI: Australia skipper Aaron Finch gained six of his seven tosses on the way in which to his group’s maiden Twenty20 World Cup trophy and admitted it performed a “big part”.

Australia thrashed New Zealand by eight wickets in Dubai after Mitchell Marsh hit an unbeaten 77 to steer the group home to their goal of 173 in 18.5 overs.

The flip of the coin weighed closely within the match with groups chasing having a transparent benefit because of the night-time dew within the United Arab Emirates.

Teams bowling first gained 12 of 13 matches performed on the Dubai International Stadium.

“It did play a big factor to be honest,” Finch mentioned on being how he ensured the decision of the coin fell in his favour.

“I tried to play it down as much as I could because I thought at some point in the tournament I’m going to lose a toss and we’ll have to bat first.

“But it did play a giant half. You noticed on the finish there, the dew issue, the sluggish balls weren’t holding within the wicket as a lot. I don’t know the way I did it (win the tosses). Maybe it was simply destiny.”

Finch got out early for five but Marsh and David Warner, who hit 53, put on 92 for the second wicket then set up the chase to perfection.

Australia came into the semi-final with four wins and a loss to England in the Super 12 stage – the only game where Finch lost the toss.

The Aussies were bowled out for 125 after being invited to bat first by Eoin Morgan’s team who overhauled the target in 11.4 overs.

But the result was just a blip in Australia’s otherwise strong campaign that finished with two clinical chases including beating Pakistan in the semi-final with one over to spare.

However New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson did not make much of the issue and admitted to having been outplayed by a champion side.

“I imply, it did have an impact. Some dew did are available in. But take nothing away from the standard of Australia,” Williamson told reporters.

“They got here out within the remaining and performed beautifully properly. You know, credit score goes to them and the way in which they performed their cricket for the final three weeks.”

Australia coach Justin Langer had earlier talked about the team’s readiness to face any situation and revealed that Finch wanted to bat first against Pakistan but was “talked out” of it.

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