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India beat USA by 7 wickets: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

India vs USA, T20 World Cup ... wicket on the first ball of an ICC World T20. ... USA - Suryakumar smashes 50 as India beat USA by 7 wickets.

In a thrilling encounter that had cricket fans on the edge of their seats, India managed to secure a spot in the Super 8 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. The match, held at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, saw India clinching a nervy seven-wicket win over the tournament co-hosts, USA.

The Chase Begins

The match began with India chasing a modest target of 111. However, the world’s top-ranked T20I side found themselves in a precarious situation as they slipped to 10/2 early in the innings. The star openers, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, were dismissed early by USA’s Saurabh Netravalkar, leaving the Indian side in a spot of bother.

Middle Order to the Rescue

Despite the early setbacks, the Indian middle order showcased their class and experience. They held their nerve on a tricky surface, chipping away at the total. Suryakumar Yadav, fondly known as ‘Sky’, played a pivotal role in India’s chase. He scored a match-winning half-century, steadying the Indian innings and guiding them towards the target.

Valuable Contributions

Rishabh Pant and Shivam Dube also made valuable contributions to the chase. Pant’s 18 from 20 balls and Dube’s unbeaten 31 helped lay the foundation for India’s successful chase. Despite the pressure, the duo managed to keep the scoreboard ticking, ensuring that the required run rate was always within reach.

USA’s Bowling Effort

On the bowling front, USA’s Saurabh Netravalkar was the standout performer. He finished with excellent figures of 2/18 from 4 overs, including the prized wickets of Kohli and Sharma. His early breakthroughs gave the American side a glimmer of hope of pulling off an upset.

India’s Bowling and Fielding

Earlier in the day, India won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision proved to be a good one as Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya made early inroads into the USA batting line-up. Singh picked up four wickets, while Pandya chipped in with two, helping restrict USA to 110/8. The fielding effort from India was also commendable. Mohammed Siraj took a brilliant catch to dismiss Nitish Kumar, while Pant held on to a difficult chance to remove Corey Anderson.

USA’s Performance

Despite the loss, the match was a testament to USA’s growing stature in international cricket. They showcased their quality against the world’s best and remain in contention for a spot in the Super 8. Their upcoming match against Ireland will be crucial in determining their fate in the tournament.

 

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