We needed a little luck in the end: Aaron Finch
Australia captain Aaron Finch said his side “need a bit of luck” to get the upper hand over South Africa in their ICC T20 World Cup opener here on Saturday.
The Aussie hitters did just enough to secure a five-wicket win in the final round after their bowlers put it in place with a nice display, limiting opposition to 118 for nine on a field to play shots n ‘ was not the easiest job.
At one point, Australia were 81-for-five in the 16th, leaving the game on a level playing field before Marcus Stoinis (24 not eliminated) sealed it in his side’s favor with two fours in the final.
The shelter was probably a little more relaxed than me. Each time it comes down to the thread, but Stoinis and (Matthew) Wade kept their cool there. That’s what experience can do, ” Finch said at the post-game presentation ceremony.
The skipper also praised the versatile Glenn Maxwell who played with the ball before going out for 18 with the bat.
âWe felt there were some good power play for him and then (David) Miller came in and they couldn’t go strong, they were a bit of a wait setup (so it worked). ” As for man of the game Josh Hazlewood, who returned excellent 2/19 numbers in four assists, Finch said: âIdeally I could have pushed him for a third on the power play, that’s a world-class bowler in any form of the game. âPeople say it’s easy in this format, but when you get it on a court with variation it can get tough.â Finch also said that periodic breaks from play would be great for players on his team.
” There has never been a problem for us – we know people need to rest and I think for the longevity of Australian cricket that’s a good thing. âIt’s good to meet the experienced guys because it counts in a World Cup. South Africa had a superb participation and the highlight was Aiden Markram’s sensational diving catch, making it difficult for Australia.
âSouth Africa are as good a defensive team as they can get, in a big pitch that you think you can exploit (but they haven’t given anything). At the end of the day, we needed a little luck to get on our way and we got it, said Finch.
South African skipper Temba Bavuma looked at the matchâs positives as his side fought to the end and gave Australia a run for their money despite defending a low total. We want to talk about our resilience. Big effort on the part of the guys to get us to the last one. We didn’t have enough with the bat and it was always going to be tough for the bowlers, and it was a good effort on their part to get to this point, ” Bavuma said. South Africa had a chance after claiming Australia’s fifth wicket in the form of the dangerous Maxwell, but Stoinis had other ideas. Bavuma said the Australians have adapted better to the conditions. I think Australia played well, with the possible exception of the quick pitcher. They adapted to the conditions, hitting this back lengthwise. Their spinners too, they gave us nothing.
â” Even though it’s not a day that didn’t go as planned, there are some positives to be learned. We talked about it at halftime that we weren’t going to leave anything out. ” Hazlewood, who played beautifully alongside Adam Zampa (2/21) and Maxwell (1/24), said that hitting the right length was the key. . âI think length was the key, hitting the right length, just above the stumps. Anything slightly short or fuller seemed easy, so length was the key. The wicket looked pretty good, but it was a bit stopped, a bit slow, âHazlewood said.
âIt plays out that way during the day and gets easier at night. We have a number of all-rounders there and Maxi was the man today to play four. It kind of got closer at the end, but we have finishers and we had confidence in them. ” PTI AH AH PDS PDS
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