Catch-22 Toss Problem: New Zealand and Australia T20 World Cup Highlights

New Zealand and Australia

New Zealand and Australia

Aaron Finch's words lacked the usual Australian boldness, probably because of the number stacked up against him in UAE. Till now, in the Super 12 stage, one match out of 14 has been won batting first. Teams that have batted first in the T20 World Cup have won once in 12 instances in Dubai. 

The T20 World Cup itself seems favored for the chasing teams, especially in the stunning blow period of the end game. Only once, in the history of the T20 World Cup, West Indies in 2012, was a team to win by securing batting first. Given half a chance, the team winning the toss on Sunday would like to bowl first, although the frost surprisingly skived off in the Australia-Pakistan semi final.

The Australian team is convinced any finalist trend can turn around the said trend. Finch calculated that the Australian heavy-batting team can put a good score up for the next team to achieve in the final match. Finch remembered the IPL match, where Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss against CSK. But the former lost by 27 runs, as CSK had adorned the score board with 192/3. 

It can never be a calculated move to predict the match results from the toss record. If you can put up a good score, and make your opposition take early risks, there is a good chance for the toss losing team to succeed as well. But a deep sense of fate still lurks on the toss round. That IPL final game was just an anomaly. In this year's IPL, 13 matches were won by the chasing team, recording a percentage of 69.3. 

T20 is a game filled with uncertainties and huge challenges. The match players are always chasing to win the T20 over. But, if the opposition gets a good score, it is difficult to chase it down, called 'catch-22'. Catch-22 is not far-fetched in the case of the final between AUS and NZ, two promising teams of cricket. 

The loss of David Conway who was a perfect fit for Adam Zampa with his perfect spin was a hard hit for the Kiwis. Conway had hit the bat in frustration after coming out the semis, thereby breaking his right hand. Conway is teaching his replacement, Tom Siefert. But it is freaking painful to not have a consistent player like Conway, who plays spin really well through the middle overs. 

Kane Williamson interestingly dismissed their tag of 'underdogs' while he stressed on the loss of Conway, who was a better match for the unpredictable game of T20. 



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