Australian skipper Aaron Finch found his lost form after he exhibited a top-quality show in the third T20 International (T20I) against New Zealand at Sky Stadium in Wellington on Wednesday (March 03).
The Victorian scored 69 runs off 44 balls with the help of 8 fours and two sixes. The Aussie skipper played many impressive shots during his tremendous knock. However, one shot through which Finch scored the 13th half-century of his T20 international career grabbed the maximum eyeballs.
It all happened in the 12th over of Australian innings bowled by Kiwi spinner Ish Sodhi. The right-armer bowled a typical leg-cutter around the off-stump line. But Finch decided to play a fancy shot. He changed his grip and played a remarkable switch hit into the stands at sweeper cover.
Here is the video:
What a way to bring up your 50 – Finch is on fire!
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Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne heaped praises on Finch and said when the southpaw is in good touch, he is as good as there in the world.
“You look at Aaron Finch’s record in international cricket at T20, you can see why the selectors (backed him),” said Warne as quoted by Fox Cricket.
“You can see the way he captain’s the side, you see the way the players play for him, and just his record, it’s such a good record. When he’s in form at the top, he’s as good as there is in the world, he’s No.3 in the T20 rankings. It’s a very timely knock this one,” he added.
Apart from Finch, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell also showed good signs with the willow after he smashed 70 from just 31 deliveries laced up with eight fours and five humungous sixes.
Youngster Josh Philippe played a handy knock of 43 off 27 balls with the help of four boundaries, including a maximum. The visitors ended up scoring a massive total of 208/4 in their allotted 20 overs.