Dubai:Hasan Ali dropped the catch of Matthew Wade, which is believed to be the key to the T20 World Cup semi-final result in Australia’s favor against Pakistan, but the player who took advantage of it denied it and said that even if the catch was caught. Even if it had been taken, his team would have won.

Australia registered a five-wicket win over Pakistan in the second thrilling semi-final in which Aaron Finch’s team chased down the target of 177. Apart from opener David Warner (49 off 30 balls), Wade scored 41 runs in 17 balls. K Nayak, who hit three consecutive sixes in the 19th over after Ali dropped a catch.

Wade said in a post-match press conference, “It’s going to be hard to say. I don’t think dropping the catch was the turning point. I think we needed 12 or 14 runs at that time. I think the match started turning in our favor at that time. ,

“If I was out then, we don’t know for sure what would have happened, but I was confident that Pat (Cummins) would have come to the crease and lead the team to victory with Marcus Stoinis,” he said. Wade said, “I would not say that we won the match because of this (catch being dropped). ,

Whereas Pakistani captain Babar Azam blamed Ali’s mistake entirely for the loss after the match. Babar had said, “Turning point, that catch was to be missed. Had we taken that catch, things would have been different. ,

Thirty-three-year-old Wade disagreed and said Thursday night he could handle the pressure on his own experience.

“It (experience) definitely helps, experience is important in these types of matches,” he said. Though we lost some early wickets, there was no panic in the dressing room. All our players are experienced. ,

I thought semi-final against Pakistan would be my last chance to represent team: Wade

Wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade thought that the T20 World Cup semi-final against Pakistan would probably be his last chance to represent Australia, but he managed to take his team to the final with an unbeaten 41.

‘Player of the match’ Wade played this innings in 17 balls against Pakistan on Thursday and Australia
Wade said in a post-match press conference, “I was a little nervous before the match and knew this could be my last chance to represent Australia. ,

“I just wanted to do well and really want to win this match so that we get a chance to win the tournament,” he said. Wade said, “The final may also be my last match. As I have said in the past, I am comfortable with it. ,

Australia needed 62 runs in 30 balls to win. Wade gave the team victory by hitting three consecutive sixes in the 19th over of Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Asked if he was targeting Afridi, who is considered the best T20 bowler, Wade said, “To be honest, we didn’t target him. Marcus Stoinis played a brilliant innings which made us think that we will achieve this target in the end. ,

“I think the way he (Stoinis) played, I felt comfortable playing the way I wanted to. We don’t enter the field thinking of targeting a bowler. He (Afridi) is a wonderful bowler and I may have been lucky today. ,

Wade’s international career seemed to have ended only after he was dropped from the team ahead of the 2017-18 Ashes. Before the T20 World Cup, this 33-year-old player played his last T20 against India last year. (Language)

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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