Following the defeat against India in a warm-up match, Aaron Finch admitted that they failed to capitalize in the end overs and added that they need to learn to be clinical towards the back-end of the innings.
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Finch played a captain’s knock as he smashed 76 runs in 54 deliveries, he was dismissed at a crucial juncture of the game.
“We learned that we need to be clinical towards the back end, we didn’t capitalize towards the end. We did drag them back after that blistering start from KL, happy with my own form,” Finch said in a post-match presentation.
Just days after reaching Australia as Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement for the T20 World Cup 2022, Mohammed Shami produced a breathtaking display of bowling in the game.
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Shami only got to bowl one over in the match, that too being the final over, but what he did in those 6 balls took everyone’s breath away.
Even India captain Rohit Sharma was bowled over by Shami’s performance in the match despite the tricky situation in which he was asked to bowl.
In the practice game, Rohit surprisingly kept Shami away from the bowling attack for the major part of the match but gave him the final over.
The veteran pacer hadn’t bowled a single ball in Team India’s two practice matches against Western Australia But, was given the task of defending 10 runs in the last over against the mighty Australians.
Shami gave 4 runs in the first couple of balls before dismissing Pat Cummins, courtesy of Virat Kohli’s one-handed blinder.
Shami then struck on the following two balls as well, picking the wickets of Josh Inglis and Kane Richardson. As a result, Australia were bowled out for 180 runs as India won the match by 6 runs.
“He (Shami) is coming back after a long time, so we wanted to give him an over. Wanted to give him a challenge and let him bowl the final over, and you saw what he did,” said Rohit Sharma