Newbies USA and Canada ready to face off in World Cup opener

Both teams will look to create history by registering their first win in the tournament on the opening night itself and sending a message to other teams.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2024 is all set to kick off from June 1 in the USA and West Indies and it will be the host USA who will take on Canada in the tournament’s opening match. Interestingly the first-ever cricket match was also played between the two countries. They will look to create history by registering their first win in the tournament on the opening night itself and sending a message to other teams not to take them lightly.

This article will look at all the important and interesting aspects of what promises to be a mouth-watering contest.

United States of America

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The United States of America will look to build on the momentum that the team has gained after their win against Bangladesh in the series preceding the T20 World Cup which the Monak Patel-led side won by a margin of 2-1. The series win against Bangladesh was USA’s first series win against a Test-playing nation. Apart from the memorable series win the USA also won their last series against Canada which will also boost the side’s confidence going into the World Cup.

Players to watch out for

Monak Patel

The USA captain Monak Patel will play a crucial role in the team’s performance during the multination tournament. If we talk about his individual performance the right-hander has been in decent form in the recent past and has got the team out of trouble on various occasions which was evident during the recently concluded series against Bangladesh.

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Steven Taylor

The American all-rounder has been in good form with both bat and ball and has formed a solid partnership at the top of the order with Monak Patel. Along with his free-flowing batting Taylor has made significant contributions with his right-arm spinner in the middle overs for USA and will play a crucial role in ensuring the team’s successful run in the multination tournament.

Harmeet Singh

The former Indian domestic player has made a name for himself in the USA through his performances in domestic cricket and in the MLC. Harmeet who is known for bowling economical spells in T20 cricket also has the ability to make valuable contributions with the bat in the lower middle order.

Probable XI: Monank Patel (c & wk), Aaron Jones, Steven Taylor, Nitish Kumar, Corey Anderson, Jasdeep Singh, Ali Khan, Saurabh Netravalkar, Harmeet Singh, Andries Gous, Nostush Kenjige/Shadley Van Schalkwyk.

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Canada

The Canadian team is going through a rough patch just before the start of the T20 World Cup to be held in the USA and West Indies with the team’s coach being sacked within days before the multination tournament and the captain being replaced and dropped, the team which is making its first appearance in T20 World Cup looks in all sorts of trouble. Having said that all is not lost for Canada and the team still has the potential of making a few upsets as the tournament progresses which was evident by the fact that the men in red made a spectacular comeback in the warmup match against Nepal after being seven down for less than 140 runs on the board and registering a commanding win in the end.

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Players to Watch Out For

Saad Bin Zafar

The Canadian captain will play a major role in his team’s performance in the T20 World Cup just like his counterpart. Saad has the record for completing his quota of four overs without conceding a run in T20 Cricket and also has the record for bowling the most number of maiden overs in this particular format of the game. Canada will hope for Zafar to replicate his performance in the opening match against the USA.

Aaron Jhonson

The Canadian batter has been a vital part of the team since making his international debut and has scored more than 700 runs in 16 matches as far as international T20 is concerned. Known for his clean ball striking Jhonson’s biggest strength in white ball cricket is his strike rate. The batter plays with a strike rate of 166 in T20 cricket which is considered to be a vital part of the format nowadays. The right-hander would look to continue his rich vein of form in the T20 World Cup as well.

Nikhil Dutta

One of the most experienced Canadian players Nikhil Dutta has made a name for himself for bowling economical spells in T20 cricket. Dutta has picked up 24 wickets in as many matches at an economy of less than seven runs per over which is considered valuable, especially in the powerplay a phase where Dutta prefers to bowl. The right-arm spinner will be crucial to his team’s chances of making a few upsets in the 20-team tournament.

Probable XI: Navneet Dhaliwal, Aaron Johnson, Pargat Singh, Shreyas Movva (wk), Ravinderpal Singh, Nicholas Kirton, Saad Bin Zafar (c), Kaleem Sana, Nikhil Dutta, Dilon Heyliger, Jeremy Gordon.

USA vs Canada Head to Head in T20I

Matches Played: 7

USA: 5, Canada: 2

Pitch Report for the USA vs Canada World Cup match

The Pitch at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas has historically been a batting-friendly wicket with good bounce and carry. The pitch is expected to assist both batters and bowlers with an average score being around 170 while batting first.

Who Will Win the USA vs Canada World Cup match?

The host USA is expected to win the match given the fact that the team is familiar with the conditions that will be on offer in the tournament opener against Canada.