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USA Outclass Sloppy Pakistan in Thrilling Super Over Finish

USA Outclass Sloppy Pakistan in Thrilling Super Over Finish

Unforgettable match at the T20 World Cup 2024, the USA delivered a stunning performance to defeat Pakistan in a nail-biting Super Over finish. The game, held in Dallas on June 6, showcased the USA’s growing talent and determination on the global cricket stage.

Match Summary

Pakistan                                                                                             159/7 (20)

Babar Azam (c)
44 (43)

Nosthush Kenjige
3/30 (4)

Shadab Khan
40 (25)

Saurabh Netravalkar
2/18 (4)

Iftikhar Ahmed
18 (14)

Ali Khan
1/30 (4)

United States Of America                                                             159/3 (20)

Monank Patel (c)
50 (38)

Mohammad Amir
1/25 (4)

Andries Gous
35 (26)

Naseem Shah
1/26 (4)

Aaron Jones
36 (26)

Haris Rauf
1/37 (4)

United States Of America                                                       18/1 Super Over

Aaron Jones
11 (6)

Mohammad Amir
0/18 (1)

Pakistan                                                                                       13/1 Super Over

Iftikhar Ahmed
4 (3)

Saurabh Netravalkar
1/9 (1)

Shadab Khan
3 (3)

Toss: USA won the toss and decided to bowl
Stadium: Dallas Cricket Stadium
Result: USA won via Super Over
Player of the Match: Saurabh Netravalkar

Brilliant Bowling by Netravalkar and Kenjige

The USA’s bowling attack, led by Saurabh Netravalkar and Nosthush Kenjige, was instrumental in their victory. Netravalkar’s exceptional figures of 2 for 18 and Kenjige’s impressive 3 for 30 put Pakistan on the back foot. Netravalkar set the tone by getting the key wicket of Mohammad Rizwan early with a spectacular catch by Steven Taylor at slip. Kenjige continued the pressure, dismissing Usman Khan and later taking two crucial middle-order wickets, including Shadab Khan, who top-scored for Pakistan with 40 runs. Despite some resistance from Babar Azam (44 runs) and Shadab Khan (40 runs), Pakistan managed only 159 for 7 in their 20 overs. Pakistan’s batting was restricted by the USA’s disciplined bowling, with only 35 runs coming in the powerplay.

USA’s Measured Batting

The USA’s innings began cautiously, with the openers building a steady partnership, scoring 36 runs in the first five overs. Captain Monank Patel played a captain’s knock, scoring 50 off 38 balls, hitting seven fours and one six. A significant 68-run partnership between Monank Patel and Andries Gous (35 runs) set a solid foundation for the USA. Despite late wickets and tight bowling from Pakistan’s Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Mohammad Amir, the USA managed to tie the game at 159, thanks to crucial hits from Jones and Nitish Kumar. With 15 runs needed off the last over, Jones hit a six, and Kumar struck a four off the last ball to level the scores, pushing the game into a Super Over.

Super Over Showdown

In the Super Over, the USA held their nerve. Mohammad Amir’s three wides and an overthrow gave the USA a strong start, scoring 18 runs in their Super Over. Netravalkar’s superb bowling in the Super Over, conceding only one boundary, left Pakistan needing a six off the final ball to tie again. Shadab Khan could only manage a shot to deep point, sealing a famous victory for the USA.

A Historic Victory

This victory marks a significant achievement for USA cricket. The USA’s disciplined bowling, strategic batting, and coolness under pressure were the keys to their success, and they showed exceptional skill, composure, and maturity to defeat a seasoned Pakistan team.

Key Moments

Key moments in the match included early breakthroughs by Netravalkar and Kenjige, Monank Patel’s half-century, crucial boundaries from Jones and Kumar in the last over, and Amir’s wides and Netravalkar’s tight bowling in the Super Over. The USA’s victory over Pakistan is a historic moment, demonstrating their potential and skill on the world stage. This thrilling match will be remembered as a landmark achievement for USA cricket, inspiring fans and players alike.