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I told myself to not hit the ball in the air: Cummins

Sixers’ pacer relives last-ball finish against Titans

19-year-old Pat Cummins held his nerve to take the Sydney Sixers into the Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 2012 final with his calm batting. The fast bowler who is used to turning matches with the ball had to today wield the willow to win the game for his side.

Speaking to clt20.com after sealing the win, Cummins spoke about his batting and winning the game for the Sixers to set up a final against the Highveld Lions on Sunday.

Excerpts from his interview:

On what was going through his mind while facing the last ball

I was in a similar situation in Dubai against Pakistan two months ago. I needed a single off the last ball then as well. I told myself, ‘Whatever you do, don’t hit it up in the air,’ because the last time I hit it up in the air and got out and we lost in the super over. So today was the same; I told myself, ‘Try not to hit in the air.’ Missing it might have been the best option as one can’t get out caught behind.

On winning the game with the bat instead of the ball

The bowling didn’t go so well. I would have liked not to have to bat but unfortunately I had to bat today and am happy that it came off.

On the plan while batting in the last few overs

Originally when Ben Rohrer was there I was just trying to give him the strike and take the singles and once it got a little closer, I tried and had a swing at it.

On what he was thinking when they lost Rohrer and Mitchell Starc came in to bat

One side my brain was going, ‘Try to hit a six to win it.’ But the other one said, ‘We only need run a ball.’ We had two wickets left so try and not take the risk and just tried to hit the ball in the ground and it came off.

On their fielding lapses

We pride ourselves on our fielding. Today we made a couple of mistakes but it didn’t cost us too much in the field but we will improve that on Sunday.

On being expensive while bowling

In Twenty20 cricket it is just one of those days where you could have got a couple of wickets on the same balls in the last game and not given too many runs, but in the next match you can go for 10 runs in an over, so you just have to move on. If it happens in a few games in a row, then you have got to start worrying. But hopefully I can get it right on Sunday.

On the areas that they will work on

Our running between the wickets could probably improve. I think our first 16 over were brilliant but our death bowling let us down [but] we have to give credit to their batsmen, [David] Wiese and [Henry] Davids were whacking the ball so, [we could] probably [work on] the death bowling and not losing wickets consistently.

On taking on both the South African sides on their home grounds in the semi-final and final

We have won against both of them. We will meet the other side on Sunday. The conditions are pretty similar to Australia, so we don’t mind it. 

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