Australia captain Aaron Finch doesn’t mind losing the toss in the upcoming T20 World Cup final against New Zealand. The trans-Tasman rivals clash in the final on Sunday in Dubai, with both sides chasing their maiden T20 title.
There has been a lot of talk about teams winning the match after electing to chase upon winning the toss in the T20 World Cup, especially in Dubai, where conditions are bowling-friendly at the start of the game, and then helps the batting team later in the night with dew settling in.
However, Aaron Finch isn’t fretting over losing the toss and being asked to bat first in the final. He reckons to be the best side in the tournament; a team has to be good enough to win while batting first.
“Absolutely it can be overcome. At some point, to win this tournament you’re going to have to win batting first. I was actually hoping to lose the toss against Pakistan because I would have loved to put a score on the board in that semi-final.
“It was one of those ones where you’re probably never going to bat first but you don’t mind if you have to. It’s the same going into the final,” Aaron Finch was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald as saying.
Aaron Finch cited the example of Chennai Super Kings winning the IPL 2021 final after putting 192 against Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai.
“We saw it in the IPL final. Chennai were able to put a big score on the board and really squeeze there. It comes down to the day. If you can put a total on the board and make the opposition take risks early in their innings, then that’s what it’s all about,” he added.
New Zealand fight and scrap in every situation: Aaron Finch
Speaking about the opponents, New Zealand, the Aussie skipper hailed Kane Williamson’s side for their never-say-die attitude. He feels the Black Caps are highly disciplined in all three departments. Aaron Finch is expecting a tight contest in the final.
“Anytime you play New Zealand you know how much of a contest it’s going to be. They’re so disciplined in all three facets of the game. Their fielding is outstanding and they’re a team you have to be on for all 40 overs if you’re going to get over the line.
“They seem to just hang around for long enough in any kind of contest and wear you down. They fight and scrap in every situation,” the opener added.
New Zealand will be without ‘keeper-batsman Devon Conway, who has been ruled out of the final with a hand injury he sustained when he struck his bat after being dismissed during the semi-final against England.