USA Overcome Super Over Hurdle to earn a historic win against Pakistan

With this win USA has now registered two wins from two matches and are within touching distance of super eight qualification in the T20 World Cup 2024.

When USA took on Pakistan in the group A encounter of the T20 World Cup everyone would have thought that the Babar Azam-led side would end up winning the match with the USA giving them a run for their money. But what transpired on June 5 in Texas was something no expert would have thought of even in their wildest dreams i.e. USA beating Pakistan in a World Cup match and that’s exactly what happened as the Monak Patel-led side overcame the super over hurdle to earn a momentous win against Pakistan.

USA vs Pakistan: T20 World Cup 2024

The Start

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Opting to bowl first after winning the toss America got off to a good start as fast bowler Sourabh Netravalkar dismissed Mohammad Rizwan in the second over of the match courtesy of a one-handed diving catch from Steven Taylor. Usma Khan who walked in to bat at number three also departed early and so did left-handed batter Fakhar Zaman after showing some intent.

The Partnership

Pakistan was in all sorts of trouble having lost three wickets inside the first six overs with just 30 runs on the board and were in desperate need of a partnership. That is when captain Babar Azam and Shadab Khan joined hands and added 62 runs for the fourth wicket before Shadab Khan was dismissed in an attempt to hit the ball over the fine leg fielder but only managed to hit it straight to him.

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The Rescue Act

Azam Khan who was on his World Cup deputy also departed for a duck as Pakistan lost half their side with less than 100 runs on the board. Babar Azam who was holding one end scored 44 runs off 43 balls. It took some lower-order hitting from Iftikhar Ahmed and Shaheen Afridi to help Pakistan post a challenging total of 159 runs on the board

The Bowling Effort

On the bowling front USA bowlers did well to restrict Pakistan to a chasable total with all of them hunting in a pack led by Nosthush Kenjige who picked up three wickets and was well supported by Sourabh Netravalkar, Ali Khan, and Harmeet Singh.

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The Chase

Chasing a total of 160 the opening pair of captain Monak Patel and Steven Taylor gave USA a solid start by adding 36 runs for the first wicket before Taylor was dismissed by Haris Rauf. Andries Gous who walked into bat at number three steadied the ship and played some delightful shots in the process of adding 68 runs for the second wicket with Monak Patel being the more aggressive of the two batters. The USA captain notched up a well-deserved half-century before getting out. Monak’s wicket was the opening that Pakistan needed as the 2009 champion fought their way back into the game in the last five overs on the back of some good bowling from the fast-bowling quartet.

The Final Over Drama

Even though USA lost wickets in the death overs the team managed to be in the contest courtesy of some intelligent batting from Aaron Jones who kept his calm and hit a crucial boundary in the last over of the match. But it was the composure of Nitish Kumar who pushed the match into a super over by hitting a four on the last ball of the match.

The Super Over

Aaron Jones and Harmeet Singh who opened the innings for USA in the super over took full advantage of some wavered bowling from Mohammad Amir who gave away 18 runs in the super over. Sourabh Netravalkar who also featured in the Under 19 World Cup for India in 2010 had the onus of defending 19 runs which the fast bowler did gracefully as he kept his calm and did not let the batters clear the ropes with ease helping USA register a historic win in T20 World Cup.