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T20 World Cup 2024: England hope for clear win over USA to stay in semi-finals

Defending champions England will have to rely on their strength in their final Super 8 match against a demoralised but tricky USA, as they will be looking to maintain their chances of a place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup on June 23 in Bridgetown with a clear victory.

Defending champions England will need to rely on their strength in their final Super 8 match against a demoralised but tricky USA, as they look to maintain their chances of a place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup in Bridgetown on June 23 with a clear win. | Photo credit: AP

Defending champions England will have to rely on their strength in their final Super 8 match against a demoralised but tricky USA, as they will be looking to maintain their chances of a place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup on June 23 in Bridgetown with a clear victory.

The English batsmen failed to score big in their pursuit of a target of 164 in their last Super 8 match against South Africa, suffering a narrow seven-run defeat on Friday.

The West Indies’ massive nine-wicket win over the USA has opened up the group, so England are now tasked with picking up a big win to boost their net run rate as that could be what matters in the end. While South Africa currently sit at the top of Group 2 with two wins, both the West Indies and England have one win and one loss each, with the former having a better NRR than the latter.

However, no team is guaranteed a place in the semi-finals and England will have to beat the USA by either 10 runs or at least one over to stay in the race for a place in the semi-finals.

For South Africa, a defeat – even in a Super Over – against WI in the last game will mean the end of the race if England can do their job.

If SA wins and England loses to USA, it will again be a three-way tie between WI, ENG and USA for second place and the team with the better run rate will advance to the knockout rounds. England’s batters put in a convincing performance against the West Indies but they could not contain the SA bowlers and faltered in their chase for 164 runs on Friday.

Phil Salt has been in great form, hitting two centuries, a fifty and three thirties in his last ten T20Is, but his early dismissal meant England were unable to make an explosive start as Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow failed to get the shots right.

Harry Brook (53) and Liam Livingstone (33) played sensibly and kept the chase going, but England ultimately failed to score 25 runs in the last three overs.

Despite the defeat, England’s batting remains an impressive force that will be difficult for players like Saurabh Netravalkar and Harmeet Singh to contain.

In bowling, Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer have been the standout bowlers with 13 and 12 wickets respectively, but Mark Wood’s form is a cause for concern as, apart from three wickets, he has failed to take a single wicket in his last 5 T20Is.

For co-hosts USA, it was a reality check after an impressive performance in the group stage. They suffered consecutive defeats and their place in the semi-finals is nothing short of a miracle, as they only have a mathematical chance of remaining in the tournament.

USA will need to beat England by 80 runs in their final match and also hope that South Africa outscore WI by more than 67 runs to progress to the semi-finals on the basis of NRR.

For the USA, Andries Gous and Aaron Jones have done the heavy lifting in the hitting department and they will need the support of the whole team as it will take more than a few individual performances to beat the defending champions.

Jones has led the teams since the USA were without captain Monank Patel following their match against Pakistan.

Teams (from)

England: Jos Buttler (centre), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Tom Hartley, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Reece Topley and Mark Wood.

UNITED STATES: Monank Patel (c), Aaron Jones, Andries Gous, Corey Anderson, Ali Khan, Harmeet Singh, Jessy Singh, Milind Kumar, Nisarg Patel, Nitish Kumar, Noshtush Kenjige, Saurabh Nethralvakar, Shadley Van Schalkwyk, Steven Taylor, Shayan Jahangir. Reserves: Gajanand Singh, Juanoy Drysdale, Yasir Mohammad.

Match starts: 8pm IST.

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