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Australia Aims to Bounce Back Against India After Afghanistan Defeat

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Captain Mitchell Marsh has urged his Australian team to deliver under pressure as they face a critical match against India following a surprising 21-run loss to Afghanistan on June 22 in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Australia must win against India to keep their semi-final hopes alive. If India wins and Afghanistan beats Bangladesh on June 24, both India and Afghanistan will advance, ending Australia’s campaign.

Marsh emphasized the significance of the India match, describing it as a “must-win game” and expressing confidence that the pressure will bring out the best in his players.

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“First things first, we need to recover. We have a lot of belief in our group. We are a very good cricket team. Yes, tonight we had an off night, but there’s a positive in the fact that we go again in 36 hours. It’s a big game against India and a must-win. This team has a history of performing under pressure, and I know it will bring out the best in our guys,” Marsh stated during the post-match press conference.

Australia has excelled with both bat and ball this tournament, but their fielding has been inconsistent, as seen in their lackluster performance against Afghanistan.

“I think we don’t want too many off nights in the field, but at our best, we’re an unbelievable fielding side. Tonight was disappointing, but we have 36 hours to turn it around. We pride ourselves on our fielding and have put in the work, but we didn’t execute tonight,” Marsh added.

Despite Pat Cummins’ hat-trick limiting Afghanistan to 148/6, Australia’s batters struggled, falling to exceptional bowling by Gulbadin Naib and Naveen-ul-Haq, who took seven wickets between them, marking Australia’s first loss of the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Marsh commended Afghanistan for their outstanding performance, acknowledging they deserved the win.

“Afghanistan outplayed us and deserved to win. There are small margins in these games. We had an off night in the field, but credit where it’s due, Afghanistan was very good,” Marsh concluded.

India currently leads Group 1 with four points, while Australia and Afghanistan share two points each. Bangladesh has yet to win a Super Eight match.

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