USA Stun Pakistan to earn back to back wins in T20 World Cup

USA are now just one win away from earning a spot in the super eight stage of the T20 World Cup 2024 being held in USA and West Indies this entire month.

When the United States faced Pakistan in the group Everyone would have predicted that the Babar Azam-led team would win the T20 World Cup match, even if the USA gave them a good fight. But on June 5 in Texas, something that not even the most seasoned observer could have predicted—that is, the United States of America defeating Pakistan in a World Cup match—actually happened as the team captained by Monak Patel overcame the enormous obstacle to secure a historic victory over Pakistan.

USA vs Pakistan: T20 World Cup 2024

The Beginning

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America got off to a bright start when they chose to bowl first after winning the toss, as fast bowler Sourabh Netravalkar got rid of Mohammad Rizwan in the match’s second over thanks to Steven Taylor’s one-handed diving catch. After displaying some intent, Usma Khan, who batted at number three, and left-handed hitter Fakhar Zaman both left the game early.

The Middle Overs

With just 30 runs scored after three wickets fell in the first six overs, Pakistan was in serious difficulty and desperately needed a partnership. That’s when Shadab Khan and captain Babar Azam got together and put up 62 runs for the fourth wicket. Shadab Khan was then removed after trying to drive the ball over the fine leg fielder but instead hitting it straight to him.

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The Act of Rescue

Along with him, Azam Khan, his World Cup backup, also left for a duck, as Pakistan lost half of their team before scoring more than 100 runs. Holding one end, Babar Azam scored 44 runs off 43 balls. In order to assist Pakistan score a formidable 159 runs, Iftikhar Ahmed and Shaheen Afridi had to provide some lower-order hitting.

The Bowling Assist

With a strong bowling effort, USA bowlers limited Pakistan to a manageable score. They bowled in a pack, with Saurabh Netravalkar, Ali Khan, and Harmeet Singh leading the way with three wickets apiece.

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The Pursuit

The opening duo of captain Monak Patel and Steven Taylor gave the USA a strong start by contributing as they chased a total of 160 Before Taylor was removed by Haris Rauf, there were 36 runs for the first wicket. The more aggressive of the two batters, Monak Patel, was joined by Andries Gous at number three, who calmed the ship and produced some wonderful strokes in the way of adding 68 runs for the second wicket. Before leaving, the USA captain reached a well-earned half-century. Pakistan, the 2009 winners, battled their way back into the match in the final five overs thanks to some excellent bowling from the fast-bowling quartered player, and Monak’s wicket provided the necessary opening.

The Drama’s Ending

The USA side was able to remain in the game despite losing wickets in the final overs thanks to some clever batting from Aaron Jones, who hit a vital boundary in the final over of the game while remaining composed. However, it was Nitish Kumar’s poise that forced the game into a super over when he smashed a four off the final ball of play.

The Ultimate Ending

Mohammad Amir, who let up 18 runs in the super over, bowled with some erratic abandon, but Aaron Jones and Harmeet Singh, who opened the innings for the USA, took full advantage of it. With the responsibility of protecting 19 runs, Saurabh Netravalkar, who also played for India in the Under-19 World Cup in 2010, handled it with grace. The fast bowler maintained his composure and prevented the batters from clearing the boundaries with effortlessly assisting the USA to a historic T20 World Cup victory.

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