Australia white ball captain and flyhalf, Aaron Finch, admitted that his team had become somewhat panicky and had not had the ‘bat-slinky’ during their run of 146 in the first T20I against the West Indies.
Australia, who chased down 146 in 20 overs, looked good with a 1-0 lead in the five-match series before experiencing a horrific collapse.
Although they scored 4/108 after 10.2 overs and needed just 38 runs to win in 58 deliveries, they eventually lost the match by 18 runs as they lost their last six wickets for 21 runs in just 5.5 overs. has.
A visibly upset Aaron Finch said that his team’s batting performance was inexcusable and that his batting innings in a difficult situation should show much more ‘hitting power’.
‘We just needed someone to take it on himself and get it right to the end. To the position that [Marsh] and Wade penetrated us, just a little game-smart we would have had there over the line, but got a little panicky. We worked on being a little more aggressive in the middle over, but maybe we should just get it up in the air again today and have some more smarts. I thought the wicket plays a little better bat second. There are no excuses for our batting performance there. “Aaron Finch said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo ‘.
‘First match as captain, did not expect it’ – Nicholas Pooran after leading West Indies to victory over Aaron Finch’s Australia
Meanwhile, West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran was beaten to pieces after leading his team to a stunning victory in his first match as captain.
Pooran, who led the team in the absence of the injured Kieron Pollard, revealed that he asked his players to bring energy to the field after scoring a meager 6/145 in 20 overs.
Pooran was full of praise for his bowlers, especially Hayden Walsh and Obed McCoy, who was rated as ‘Player of the Match’ for his figures of 4/26 in 4 overs.
‘What a game! The first game as captain, did not expect it. We asked the guys for energy and that’s what they brought. I can not give the bowlers enough credit. They fired the Australians and we knew we needed wickets to win the match. We asked Hayden to keep attacking these stumps, and keep asking questions, and Obed McCoy won the game for us. Says Nicholas Pooran.
The second T20I between these two sides will take place on Sunday 11 July.