World Twenty20: Aaron Finch fires warning, says wounded Australia ready to hurt opponents

Despite losing their first Super-10 game to Pakistan by 16 runs, Australia's explosive opener Aaron Finch is upbeat about his team's chances at the World Twenty20.

updated: March 27, 2014 14:00 IST
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Australia's hopes of clinching their first-ever World Twenty20 title was off to a shaky start when they lost a high-scoring thriller to Pakistan by 16 runs in their first Super-10 encounter on Sunday. Even Glenn Maxwell's bludgeoning innings of 74 from just 33 balls was not enough as Pakistan held their nerves to register their first win.

Despite being one of the favourites of the tournament, Australia's margin of error has now been reduced to a great extent as they belong to a tough group comprising defending champions West Indies, the rejuvenated Indian side and tricky hosts Bangladesh.

While India have earned the best possible start with two wins in as many games, Pakistan and West Indies have a win and a loss each in two matches and Bangladesh have lost their opening fixture. With both Pakistan and West Indies making a strong comeback after their losses to India, the pressure is now on Australia to not just win their next fixture against the West Indies in Dhaka on Friday but also keep a close eye on Net Run Rate as it could prove vital in the end. A win over West Indies will give them the much-needed confidence and momentum ahead of their Super-Sunday clash against MS Dhoni's men.

While the task at hand for the Aussies seems tough, explosive opener Aaron Finch believes it is the time to seize initiative than reach for the panic button. The aggressive opener who has to his name, the highest individual score in T20Is (156), feels the pressure situation will suit Australia's aggressive style of play and that it was time they took their game to the next level and dictated terms on the pitch.

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