IPL 2017

It was a conscious effort to attack – Finch

It was a conscious effort to attack - Finch

“Yeah it was (a conscious effort to score quick runs). Sometimes in a small run chase, you can make the mistake of trying to bat slowly and before you know, the run rate is 7,8,9 an over. It was a conscious effort from the side to attack the game,” Finch said after his match-winning 34-ball 72.

“Generally in a small chase like that, probably eight times out of ten you’re going over the line anyway, so we were just trying to get ahead of the run rate. So even if something did happen, there were a couple of guys behind myself and Suresh – Jadeja, Faulkner, Dinesh Karthik… if something went wrong, we could still pick up the pieces,” he added.

“I don’t mind batting anywhere. I’ve batted most of my career opening. I played a little bit at No. 5 last year and at 5 or 4 this year. But I think today was more of a match up against the opposition. We knew that they would open (the bowling) with Badree. Chahal has been bowling in the Powerplay and (they have) Pawan Negi as well. It was a case of having a left-hander at the top,” Finch explained.

“Brendon McCullum has been in fantastic form and I’m comfortable batting anywhere. But yeah, I do love opening (smiles), the field is up more often and it gives you more chances to hit boundaries, but like I said, I’m happy to bat anywhere,” he added.

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