ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – Pat Cummins on Dharamshala finale: ‘I had to remember I’m in the middle of the cricket field’

Australia scored 389 runs on the board, in Dharamshala, and New Zealand came within a six of the chase. In-the-mood, 19 runs needed in the last over James Neesham is getting stronger, pat cummins tend towards Mitchell Starc, who remained wicketless for the first time in 24 ODI World Cup matches and must be feeling nervous. Not to mention every other person who was watching it all happen. At the height of the chaos, Australia captain Cummins felt like one of these rapturous spectators.

“It was awesome,” a smiling Cummins said after the game. “Sometimes, I had to remember I was in the middle of a cricket field; it was a fantastic game. They just kept coming at us. It was fantastic.”

Tom LathamThe New Zealand captain echoed Cummins’ sentiments. “It was a brilliant game of cricket, ups and downs throughout the 100 overs and then, I think, it came so close… obviously hurts but it was a brilliant game.”

Starc missed his line and gave five wides on the second ball of the final over, leaving New Zealand needing 13 runs from five. Neesham took the ball to the outfield three times in a row, but tight fielding – particularly from Marnus Labuschagne, repeatedly putting it into the yard at deep midwicket – ensured there were no boundaries. Cummins appreciated it.

“Marnus, out there, throwing yourself around, it’s not the easiest ground out here (to field on),” he said. “But the way the guys threw themselves around, made the catches, it made a big difference.”

Thanks to the opening partnership of 175 runs between the two, Australia remained ahead for most of the game. travis head And david warner, was the chief returning to A broken hand forced him out of Australia’s first five matches of the tournament and he immediately scored a strong inning of 109 runs in 67 balls.

“I love it,” Cummins said of the partnership. “Especially Trav, who’s been away for five weeks to get back into the game; just his intent – ​​this is the way we want to play, we want to take the game forward and he stepped up and led the way.”

When Cummins was asked whether Head had shown any signs of being in such form before the game, he said, “Not really.” “He was close to playing against the Netherlands and he got hurt the day before (in the nets), just wasn’t feeling well. (Then he) managed to do a few more before that (in the nets). He gave everyone Surprised us.”

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