T20 World Cup 2024: England eye big win over USA to stay in race for semi-finals

T20 World Cup 2024: England eye big win over USA to stay in race for semi-finals


Defending champions England will need their power hitters to come good against a demoralised but tough United States in their final Super 8 match as they eye a big win to stay in contention for a place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup to be held in Bridgetown on June 23.

Defending champions England will need their power hitters in their final Super 8 match against a demoralised but tricky USA as they look to seal a big win to book themselves a place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup in Bridgetown on June 23. | Photo credit: AP

Defending champions England will need their power hitters to come good against a demoralised but tough United States in their final Super 8 match as they eye a big win to stay in contention for a place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup to be held in Bridgetown on June 23.

England's batsmen failed to convert their total into a big score while chasing a target of 164 in their final Super 8 match against South Africa on Friday and suffered a seven-run defeat.

West Indies' massive nine-wicket win over USA has opened the group, leaving England with the task of increasing their net run-rate by registering a big win, as that is what it will ultimately come down to. While South Africa currently top Group 2 with two wins, both West Indies and England have registered one win and one loss each, with West Indies having a better net run-rate than England.

However, no team is sure to reach the semi-finals and to remain in the semi-finals, England will have to beat USA by 10 runs or with at least one over remaining.

For South Africa, if England win, a defeat in the Super Over against West Indies in their final match will also knock them out of the race.

If South Africa wins and England loses to USA, there will be a triangular contest between West Indies, England and USA for the second place and the team with better run-rate will advance to the knockout stage. England's batsmen performed brilliantly against West Indies, but they failed to control South Africa's bowlers and faltered while chasing the target of 164 runs on Friday.

Phil Salt has been in scintillating form, scoring two hundreds, a fifty and three half-centuries in the last 10 T20Is but his early dismissal robbed England of an explosive start as Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow failed to hit the big shots.

Harry Brook (53) and Liam Livingstone (33) played sensibly to steady the chase but England failed to score 25 runs in the final three overs.

However, despite the defeat, England's batting remains strong and it will not be easy to overcome with the likes of Saurabh Netravalkar and Harmeet Singh.

In the bowling unit, Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer have been their standout bowlers with 13 and 12 wickets respectively but Mark Wood's form will be a matter of concern as apart from taking three wickets, he failed to take any wicket in his last 5 T20Is.

For co-hosts USA, it is a reality check after a lacklustre performance in the group stage. They have suffered consecutive defeats and their entry into the semi-finals will be a miracle as they are only mathematically alive in the tournament.

The USA must beat England by 80 runs in their final match and also hope that South Africa beats the West Indies by more than 67 runs to advance to the semi-finals based on net run rate.

For the USA, Andris Gaus and Aaron Jones have done the bulk of the work in the batting department and they will need support from the entire team as it will take more than a few individual performances to beat the defending champions.

Jones has been leading the US team since it has been playing without captain Monak Patel after the match against Pakistan.

Teams (from)

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

USA: Monank Patel (captain), Aaron Jones, Andries Gaus, Corey Anderson, Ali Khan, Harmeet Singh, JC Singh, Milind Kumar, Nisarg Patel, Nitish Kumar, Noshatush Kenjige, Saurabh Netralwakar, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Steven Taylor, Shayan Jahangir. Reserve players: Gajanand Singh, Juanoy Drysdale, Yasir Mohammad.

Match start: 8 PM IST.


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