Pakistan loses to USA in T20 World Cup Super Over

The USA secured a thrilling Super Over win against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup, sending shockwaves through the tournament. The match, held at Grand Prairie Stadium in Texas, saw both teams finish their 20 overs with an identical score of 159, leading to an exhilarating Super Over.

The USA, co-hosting the tournament and making their debut, needed 14 runs in the final over to match Pakistan’s total. They successfully tied the game, setting the stage for a dramatic finish.

Batting first in the Super Over, the USA posted an impressive 18 for one, with Aaron Jones contributing 11 runs before being run out. Extras accounted for seven additional runs. In response, Pakistan managed only 13 for one, with Iftikhar Ahmed scoring five runs off three balls before being caught brilliantly by Nitish Kumar. USA bowler Saurabh Netravalkar’s tight bowling proved crucial in restricting Pakistan.

The victory marked a historic day for cricket in the USA, highlighted by the scorecard showcasing the remarkable achievement. Having already defeated Canada by seven wickets in their opening match, the USA leads Group A and is in a strong position to advance to the Super 8 round. The top two teams from each of the four groups will move on to the last eight.

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USA captain Monank Patel, who was named the official player of the match, praised his team’s performance. “Beating Pakistan and playing for the first time, the way we played today, I’m really proud of the boys,” he said. “It was a complete team effort from the first ball until the last. Winning the toss, we made sure to utilize the conditions, and credit to the bowlers for keeping them under 160. We knew that 160 was a chaseable target.”

Pakistan captain Babar Azam expressed disappointment with his side’s batting performance. “We didn’t capitalize with the bat and they took a lot of momentum,” he said. “We lost back-to-back wickets in the middle overs. As a batting unit, you need to step up and create partnerships, and we didn’t do that. Credit to the USA, they performed exceptionally well. They were better than us in all aspects of the game.”

The match’s regulation innings saw Pakistan recover from a slow start of 26 for three to reach 159 for seven, with notable contributions from Babar Azam (44 off 43 balls), Shadab Khan (40 off 25), and Shaheen Afridi (23 not out off 16). The USA seemed poised for victory, reaching 104 for one in the 14th over, thanks to skipper Patel’s 50 off 38 balls and Andries Gous’ 35 off 26. However, after Patel’s dismissal in the 15th over, it required a six from Jones and a four from Kumar to tie the match and force the Super Over.

This tournament marks the first time the ICC has staged a major event in the United States, with the USA sharing hosting duties with the West Indies.

Upcoming match

In one of cricket’s most anticipated rivalries, Pakistan will next face India in Group A of the Men’s T20 World Cup on Sunday, with the match set to take place in New York.

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