In a historic T20 World Cup 2024 encounter, the USA pulled off a sensational Super Over victory against Pakistan in Texas. The Grand Prairie Stadium witnessed an unforgettable match that ended with both teams tied at 159 runs, pushing the game into a dramatic Super Over.

The tension was palpable as the USA, co-hosting the tournament and making their debut, needed 14 runs in the final over to level the scores.

With nerves of steel, they managed to tie the score, with Nitish Kumar hitting Haris Rauf for four, setting the stage for a historic Super Over.

Super Over Drama

Pakistan trusted their most experienced bowler, Mohammad Amir to bowl the Super Over. However he surprisingly faltered when it mattered most. He bowled three wides, with the USA batters cleverly stealing an extra run each time.

An overthrow by Mohammad Rizwan on the last wide ball added another run, allowing the USA to rack up 18 runs in the Super Over.

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USA’s Saurabh Netravalkar, who had already impressed with his figures of 2 for 18 in the regular play, delivered an outstanding Super Over, helping his team create history.

In a surprising move, Pakistan sent Iftikhar Ahmed to face the Super Over while their best bet, Fakhar Zaman, watched from the non-striker’s end.

The decision backfired as Zaman did not face a single ball. Despite a glimmer of hope from four leg byes off the fourth delivery, Shadab Khan couldn’t hit the required six off the last ball. His shot to deep point only resulted in a single, sparking jubilant celebrations for the USA.

Pakistan’s Uphill Battle Ahead

This defeat leaves Pakistan with a daunting task ahead. They must now beat India to keep their chances of advancing alive, while the USA has positioned itself for a realistic shot at qualifying for the next round.

Pakistan’s regular innings saw a slow start, recovering from 26 for three to post 159-7. Babar Azam scored 44 off 43 balls after a scratchy start to his innings. Meanwhile, Shadab Khan contributed 40 off 25, and Shaheen Afridi added a crucial 23 not out from 16 balls.

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The USA looked to be in control during their chase, reaching 104-1 in the 14th over. Skipper Monank Patel’s 50 off 38 balls and Andries Gous’ 35 off 26 put them in a strong position.

However, a late collapse made the match go down to the wire, with Nitish Kumar hitting a four in the final moments to force the Super Over.

This thrilling victory not only marks a significant moment for USA cricket but also raises questions about Pakistan’s strategy and composure under pressure.

As the tournament progresses, all eyes will be on the upcoming India-Pakistan clash, a match that now carries even higher stakes.

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