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Hasan Ali dropping Matthew Wade is being seen as the moment which turned the T20 World Cup semifinal decisively in Australia’s favour against Pakistan but the man who benefitted from it rejected the suggestion, saying that his team would have won even if the catch was taken.

Australia defeated Pakistan by five wickets in an enthralling contest during which Aaron Finch’s men displayed tremendous grit to chase down a stiff target of 177.

Wade, apart from opener David Warner (49 off 30 balls), was the hero for the Australians with a hurricane 17-ball 41 which included three consecutive sixes in the 19th over after being dropped by Ali.

“…it’s hard to say. The dropped catch, I’m not sure. I think we needed 12 or something, 14 maybe at that stage. I felt like the game was starting to swing in our direction at that stage anyway,” Wade said at the post-match press conference.

“I get out there and we’re not sure what’s going to happen, obviously, but I would still be pretty confident with Pat (Cummins) coming in and Marcus (Stoinis) still at the crease, that we could have got the job done anyway.

“I wouldn’t say that was the reason why we won the game,” he added.

His view was in…

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