ICC Men's T20 WC'24: India Reaches Super Eight, Beats USA by 7 Wickets


ICC Men's T20 WC'24: India Reaches Super Eight, Beats USA by 7 Wickets
Suryakumar Yadav crafted an unbeaten half-century off 49 balls following Arshdeep Singh's four-wicket haul as India comfortably defeated USA by seven wickets in a Group A encounter. India secured their spot in the Super Eight stage of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium.
India's bowlers orchestrated the victory, showcasing exceptional skills in seam and swing bowling, which laid the foundation for their batsmen to successfully chase down a modest target and secure a crucial win in their T20 World Cup journey. Arshdeep Singh's impressive figures of 4 wickets for 9 runs in 4 overs, combined with Hardik Pandya's 2 wickets for 14 runs, restricted USA to 110/8 in their allotted 20 overs.
After setting a modest target of 111 runs, USA's Saurabh Netravalkar caused early disruptions for India by dismissing Virat Kohli for a golden duck and catching Rohit Sharma off guard for just three runs. It was a dream start for the 32-year-old, who had expressed a desire to converse with Kohli and others post-match. Captain Rohit Sharma fell victim to a well-directed in-swinger from Netravalkar on both occasions, deceiving the right-handers with deliveries angled away. Rohit mistimed his shot, resulting in a leading edge to mid-off, where Harmeet Singh, Rohit's former schoolmate, took a superb catch while moving backward.
Out came Suryakumar Yadav added 29 runs in 32 deliveries for the third wicket with Rishabh Pant. Pant was cleaned up by Ali Khan for 18 runs as the ball shot low and skidded through the batter's defence. With Shivam Dube as his new partner, Yadav repaired the innings. He began with his trademark flick for six over long leg but was treading caution. With 55 needed off 45 balls, Yadav looked to create shots out of the box.
Netravalkar, who can do no wrong, made circles underneath after doing exceedingly well in getting to the ball but trembled for a fraction as the ball descended, and it slipped through his hands. Five penalty runs were awarded to India with 35 needed off 30 as thrice in the inning USA failed to start the over within the time limit. Everything fell in peace for India as Yadav--the NO.1 T20I batter as per the ICC Rankings, scored a 49-ball half-century and took India to a seven-wicket victory. 
In the earlier match, India's disciplined bowling performance led by Arshdeep Singh limited the hosts USA to a modest score of 110/8. Arshdeep made an immediate impact with his first delivery, a splendid in-swinger that trapped Shayan Jahangir lbw, providing India with an early breakthrough. USA faltered further when Andries Gous, trying to handle a short-of-length delivery, fell to the extra bounce and was caught out, leaving them at 2 for 2 early in their innings.
Nitish Kumar offered a ray of optimism for USA, showcasing his ability to strike cleanly with powerful shots, notably a straight hit off Hardik Pandya. However, his innings of 27 came to an end when Arshdeep Singh claimed his wicket again, this time with a superb catch by Siraj at deep midwicket. Arshdeep finished with exceptional figures of 4 for 9 from his spell, while Hardik Pandya bowled tightly to pick up 2 for 14 in his four overs.
Source: IANS