Australia captain Aaron Finch said that his team’s luck supported his team in defeating South Africa in the first match of the ICC T20 World Cup. In the T20 World Cup 2021, Australia made a winning start to the tournament by defeating South Africa by five wickets in the first match played in Group-1 of Super 12 on Saturday. In this match played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Australia won the toss and bowled first, restricting South Africa to 118 runs for nine wickets and then achieved the target for the loss of five wickets with two balls to spare. Steve Smith scored 35 and Marcus Stoinis scored 25 not out for Australia. Australia captain Aaron Finch has credited luck for this win.
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Finch said after the match, ‘The dugout was more relaxed than me. Stoinis and Matthew Wade batted with restraint. This is where experience comes in handy. He also heaped praise on all-rounder Glenn Maxwell who showed his batmanship after bowling. Finch said that occasional breaks from the game have been good for his players. “It has never been an issue for us,” he said. We know that rest is essential. The return of experienced players has been good as experience counts in the World Cup.
South Africa captain Temba Bavuma said that his team fought till the end despite the low scores. He said, ‘It was a big deal to take the match till the last over. We could not score many runs and the job was difficult for the bowlers, but they did well.