Australia have a slight edge in the final following Conway's injury: Laxman

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13 Nov 2021 | 10:13 AM
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Australia have a slight edge in the final following Conway's injury: Laxman

New Zealand and Australia will face each other in the T20 World Cup final on Sunday (November 14) for the first time

Former India batter VVS Laxman reckons there is little to choose between the two T20 World Cup finalists, but after Devon Conway's freak injury, it is Australia who have the slight edge.

Conway broke his right hand after striking it against the bat following his dismissal against England in the semi-final and was consequently ruled out of the final and also the T20I series against India.

"There is little to choose between the two finalists, with Australia having the slight edge following the freak injury to Devon Conway. But as history will testify, New Zealand is a side than can be taken lightly at one’s own peril," Laxman wrote in his column for The Times of India on Saturday (November 13).

While Laxman feels that both Aaron Finch and Kane Williamson had some luck when it came to the toss, but it eventually boiled down to the sharp passage of play wherein both sides took the game away from their opponents.

"There was a touch of similarity to the way the two last-four clashes played out. First Kane Williamson and then Aaron Finch hit it lucky with the coin. Those were significant off-field developments, for this tournament has favoured teams chasing," said Laxman. 

"The toss, however, is only one component; it doesn’t guarantee success. In T20 cricket, it’s not even the team that plays better on the day that comes up trumps. It often boils down to a short, sharp passage of play," he added.

While New Zealand beat England to book their place in the final, Australia went past Pakistan in yet another close encounter.  

The 2015 50-over World Cup finalists Australia and New Zealand will clash in the mega final in Dubai on Sunday (November 14). Both sides are yet to get their hands on the coveted trophy.

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