Australia captain Aaron Finch won six of his seven tosses en route to his team’s first Twenty20 World Cup title, admitting it played a “significant role.”
Australia defeated New Zealand by eight wickets in Dubai, thanks to Mitchell Marsh’s unbeaten 77, which helped the team reach their target of 173 in 18.5 overs.
The tournament was decided by the flip of a coin, with teams chasing having a clear advantage due to the night-time dew in the United Arab Emirates.
Teams that bowled first won 12 of the 13 games played at Dubai International Stadium.
“To be honest, it did play a big factor,” Finch said of how he ensured the coin toss fell in his favor.
“I tried to play it down as much as I could because I expected to lose a toss at some point during the tournament and have to bat first.”
“However, it did play a significant role.” As you can see at the end, because of the dew factor, the slow balls weren’t as well held in the wicket. I’m not sure how I did it (win the tosses). Perhaps it was just fate.”
Finch was out for five early on, but Marsh and David Warner, who hit 53, put on 92 for the second wicket and set up the chase perfectly.
Australia entered the semi-final with four wins and a loss to England in the Super 12 stage – the only game in which Finch did not win the toss. After being invited to bat first by Eoin Morgan’s team, the Aussies were bowled out for 125 in 11.4 overs.
However, the result was just a blip in Australia’s otherwise strong campaign, which ended with two clinical chases, including a one-over victory over Pakistan in the semi-final.
However, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson did not make a big deal out of it, admitting that his team had been outplayed by a champion.
I mean, it had an impact. Some dew did fall. “But don’t underestimate Australia’s quality,” Williamson told reporters.
“They came out in the final and played brilliantly.” You know, they deserve credit for the way they’ve been playing cricket for the last three weeks.”
Australia coach Justin Langer previously discussed the team’s readiness to face any situation and revealed that Finch wanted to bat first against Pakistan but was “talked out” of doing so.