USA v Pakistan: T20 Cricket World Cup – as it happened

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    An incredible game – what an upset, what a win by the USA! So many stories, from Oracle engineer Netravalkar to Ali Khan, who sends money back to his Pakistan village Jafar, and more.

    Andy Bull previewed the USA team before the tournament began.

    Time for me to go, after a stonking three and a bit hours, a turn up for the ages, and sweet victory for the USA. Pakistan, meanwhile, must regroup -quickly.


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    Babar has the mike. He assesses: Pakistan need to step up as batters, and take wicket as bowlers.He’s still smiling. though. There was a little bit of moisture in the pitch at the start, he agrees, but “it is not an excuse, the batters need to assess the conditions.”

    Now Monank Patel: “ I think winning the toss and taking wickets in the first six overs [was crucial] we kept them quiet and we knew they would take chances and I felt like 160 batting second we had a chance.”

    USA now top group A, with two wins from two games. Pakistan – what a classically shambolic performance – moments of brilliance thrown in between extras galore, dozy fielding, fearful running between the wickets and some reckless shots. The only thing they couldn’t do to tick all the boxes was scrape a miraculous win from the bottom of the hat. Out professionalised by the associate country.


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    Player of the match: Monank Patel

    He looks a bit shell shocked.

    “Its a big achievement, the way we played today. I’m really proud of the boys. We used the conditions really well, We played really well and brought the game really deep.

    The plan was to take off the pressure, happy that we got those two points. As a player you want to rise to the occasion in the big games.”

    Hands are shaken all round, a hapless Pakistan side, and an ecstatic USA team who played nerveless, precision cricket for a deserved victory.

    USA beat Pakistan by winning the Super over!

    Shadab throws his all at a ball wide of off stump but can only pick up a single and the USA have done it!

    Ball five – Pakistan 12-1

    A full toss shimmmied down the ground but not with enough gumption to make the rope. Pakistan scream two – six needed for another super over.

    Ball four – Pakistan 10-1

    Shadab in to replace Iftikhar, goes to sweep but the ball zips off his pads and races to the boundary.

    Ball four – Pakistan 6-1

    A wide.

    Ball three- WICKET! IFtikhar c Kumar b Netravalkar 4 (Pakistan 5-1)

    A full toss panned straight but not long enough and into the hands of the diving Kumar . There’s a debate over whether the catch is clean, hands close to the ground as the ball falls, but the umpire is happy after multiple replays.

    Ball three: Pakistan 5-0

    Wide – and given this time.


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    Ball two: Pakistan 4-0

    Four smacked between long on and deep midwicket for four.


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    Ball one: Pakistan 0-0

    Iftikhar to face the first ball. Netravalkar adjusts his shirt. The first ball is loose but not given wide as Iftikhar moves across to try and smack it. Iftikhar is not happy.


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    Netravalkar with the ball for USA, Iftikhar and Fakhar Zaman sent out for Pakistan.

    18 from the USA super over. Pakistan need 19 to win

    USA 18-0 Four cut through deep third by Jones off the first. Two from the second. A brilliant yorker and a single from the third. A wayward wide and a single from the fourth. Gets away a single off a full toss to the fourth. Another wide, and another run off it. – Amir finishing as he started with a collection of extras. Two from the penultimate ball. OH my – A WIDE OFF THE NEXT – plus two from an overthrow. Gary Kirsten looks into the middle distance. And finally it is over, with a gentle run out.

    Aaron Jones plays a brilliant boundary in the super over. Photograph: Tony Gutierrez/AP

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    It’s Mohammad Amir…Jones and Harmeet for USA.


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    Crazy game, USA had it in the bag until the final five overs, then it looked Pakistan’s to lose in the last two, but Haris Rauf leaked 14 in the final over. Pakistan just deciding who will bowl their super over.

    Babar is furious, waving his arms about, stalking off towards the huddle at the side of the pitch. Ntish Kumar secures the super over with a lofted four over mid off. The ball landing nicely for him as a full toss.

    We have a super over!

    20th over: USA 159-3 ( Nitish 14, Jones 36) Target 160 Haris Rauf with the final over. Shahid Afridi drops Jones at mid-off, but stops the boundary. A full toss off the fourth ball is slammed for six by Jones who pumps his arm in glee – Six needed off two – a single off the fifth – so five to win, four for the super over. And Kumar does it!

    19th over: USA 145-3 ( Nitish 4, Jones 20) Target 160 Amir with the penultimate over. One off the first, a huge appeal off the second. Amir is insistent on the review – Babar ascedes – but it is hitting outside leg – and the USA take the leg bye putting Jones on strike. A dot, a single, then three from the last ball as long-on prevents the four but USA sprint for the line. 15 needed off six

    18th over: USA 139-3 ( Nitish 4, Jones 20) Target 160 Jones pricks the tension with four over extra cover. Pure muscle memory. Afridi hooping the ball. A near run out as Afridi charges down the wicket to try and haul down the striker’s stumps. Goes to the third umpire but not out. Jones tries to scoop off the last ball but can only toe-end it for a single 21 needed off 12.

    17th over: USA 132-3 ( Nitish 4, Jones 20) Target 160 Naseem it is, chain sitting wide around his neck, he has bowled well tonight. Swing, accuracy, five singles, and a wide. 28 needed off 18.

    “I’m not at the stadium, but your speculation early doors about foodstuffs at Grand Prairie also piqued my interest. I would have expected the usual ballpark fare, and it’s likely that popcorn, wings, nachos and so forth are all present and correct.,” says Stephen Davenport.

    “But at least during Major League Cricket last year there were South Asian food stands (run by a small local chain called ‘Foodistan’) selling samosas, biryani, chicken tikka and whatnot, plus an ‘Indian-style’ beer (brewed in Louisiana); and you’d think it would be similar today. This has now made me peckish but I am fortunate enough to have similar leftovers to warm up. No Louisianan-Indian beer, though.”

    Thank you Stephen in Indianapolis! And enjoy your leftovers.

    16th over: USA 126-3 ( Nitish 2, Jones 17) Target 160 The last over of spin, from Shadab. Jones slog-sweeps for two, then, like he did against Canada, hugely for six. Watchful tension in the crowd. 34 needed off four overs.

    15th over: USA 115-3 ( Nitish 1, Jones 4) Target 160 Suddenly the switch. Two new batters at the crease. Just four from the over. 45 needed.

    WICKET! Monank c Rizwan b Amir 50 (USA 111-3)

    Monank goes for the dollar shot but gets an edge, gratefully received by Rizwan on the dive.

    Monank Patel walks off after being out for a brilliant half-century. Photograph: Matt Roberts/ICC/Getty Images

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    14th over: USA 111-2 ( Monank 50, Jones 4) Target 160 But as Gous goes, Pakistan must now face Jones who powered that magnificent innings against Canada. He’s off the mark with a lucky inside edge for four through fine leg, three wides as well in the over.

    WICKET! Gous b Haris 35 (USA 104-2)

    Feet in iron boots, Gous can’t get this one away and loses the trimmings of his stumps.

    Andries Gous is out for 35 excellent runs. Photograph: Matt Roberts-ICC/ICC/Getty Images

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    13th over: USA 104-1 ( Monank 50, Gous 35) Target 160 Afridi speeds in, long legs, approaching gloom. Monanck plays and misses at the first ball, sends the second tumbling through mid-off for four and reaches his half century with a six over Afridi’s head. Huge applause as he blows a kiss to the sky. Brilliant innings. Easy pickings.

    12th over: USA 94-1 ( Monank 40, Gous 35) Whatever the question was, Iftikhar isn’t the answer. Monanck picks up two consecutive fours, swinging him over cover. Pakistan get into a green huddle and ask for a new ball. The umpire agrees and the new-old ball is handed to Shaheen Shah Afridi. USA need 66 off 48.

    11th over: USA 84-1 ( Monank 34, Gous 31) Gous showing just why he’s so highly rated, pulling Naseem for four over deep midwicket. Lots of Pakistan hands on hips in the field. A slow bouncer over Monank’s head is called wide, Naseem keeping it tighter than most though.

    10th over: USA 76-1 ( Monank 30, Gous 28) Shadab gives a ball plenty of air, Gous sniffs and and fames it over the sightscreen for six. Drinks, with USA well ahead, needing 84 from the last ten.

    Oof, Andries Gous wallops a six. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

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    9th over: USA 65-1 ( Monank 28, Gous 20) USA making quick singles look easy where Pakistan made it look like plucking petals off daisies in wicketkeeping gloves . USA bowled 47 dot balls to Pakistan, not sure Pakistan are going to reach those heady heights. One dot from Haris Rauf’s over but a drive through backward point brings a boundary from the last ball.

    8th over: USA 56-1 ( Monank 24, Gous 15) Now Shadab – can he make the breakthrough? No, but he does slows the scoring. Win predictor give USA a 62 per cent chance of victory and Pakistan need wickets fast. USA could start to cramp as the reality of possible victory starts to sink in, but showing no signs of it here.

    7th over: USA 51-1 ( Monank 20, Gous 14) USA jauntily placed after the power play. Haris Rauf, who was the best bowler on display at The Oval in Pakistan’s last match, gets his turn. Gous tucks into a full toss and dispatches it elegantly for four – the camera picks up Babar throwing out his arms in dismay.

    A nice read from Ali on Jofra Archer:

    6th over: USA 44-1 ( Monank 19, Gous 8) Naseem nearly gets a second immediately as Gous edges just short of Iftikhar at slip, and it squeaks through the fingers and down to the rope. Gous picks up a second four with a short armed pull.

    WICKET! Taylor c Rizwan b Naseem 12 (USA 36-1)

    That’s more like it. Length perfection and an outside edge into the gloves of Rizwan.

    Naseem Shah celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of Steven Taylor.. Photograph: Tony Gutierrez/AP

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    5th over: USA 36-0 (Taylor 12, Monank 19) Amir back from the other end. Keeps his radar this time but still eight from the over, including a short one pulled for four by Monank.

    4th over: USA 28-0 (Taylor 9, Monank 14) Mohammad Amir doesn’t get a second over, as Babar throws the ball to Naseem. He manages to stem the flow, with just four from the over. Stars and stripes being waved in the crowd as spectators crouch from the blazing sun under umbrellas.

    3rd over: USA 24-0 (Taylor 7, Monank 12) Afridi starts with two dots, a single follows and another leg-side wide. A very unhappy Afridi then has to watch Monack get a thick edge and the ball fly past an unmoving Iftikhar at slip. The next ball is a dodgy full toss driven for four with aplomb. A huge appeal to the final ball – Pakistan ask the question but it pitches outside leg – so they lose a review. Not an ideal start this for Pakistan.

    2nd over: USA 14-0 (Taylor 6, Monank 4) Amir starts with two wides – not the start Rizwan was after. A super stop at backward point prevents a boundary. Eeek, another legside wide. Babar marches behind Amir as he walks back to his mark to whisper words of wisdom. Good spot from the commentators – Pakistan have already bowled more wides than USA did in Pakistan’s entire innings. Monack throws the bat and picks up four as the ball flies off the toe end through backward point for four. I think he’s broken his bat.

    1st over: USA 6-0 (Taylor 4, Monank 0) Afridi, tall, bearded. A third ball wide, a fourth ball full toss which Taylor pans to the extra-cover boundary. A very enthusiastic Rizwan appeals for a catch off the last – the ball has flicked something but the umpire says no, and in the end Pakistan decide not to review. Just as well as it flicked the pad.

    USA need 160 to win

    Here we go! How will the USA cope with Shaheen Shah Afridi?

    I’m going to grab a quick cup of tea. Back v shortly.

    20th over: Pakistan 159-7 ( Afridi 23, Haris 3) Afridi swings and misses at a bouncer from Ali Khan – tries to steal two runs off a dead ball and is firmly put in his place by the umpires. Swings and misses at the second. Pakistan struggling to get bat on ball, a couple of singles, a wide, then boom-boom six over the sight screen and into the top tier. “Afridi” shout the crowd, but he can’t oblige off the last ball from the superb Ali Khan, pinching just a single off a yorker.

    Brilliant by USA, who now get to chase a gettable target at a ground where, according to the USA captain, chasing is the easiest of the suites.

    19th over: Pakistan 149-7 ( Afridi 15, Haris 2) The end of a superb bowling performance by Netravalkar – Afridi tonks six over long-on with great panache, nearly falls to the last ball , top edging into the stratosphere but the ball lands safely.

    WICKET! Iftikhar lbw Natravalkar 18 (Pakistan 139-7)

    Given out immediately on the pitch, Pakistan review. Let’s see – a slower full toss that Iftikhar misses as he goes for a sweep: no inside edge but it bellows into the front pad on leg stump. Pakistan could have done with him there right till the end.

    18th over: Pakistan 139-6 (Iftikhar 18, Afridi 7 ) Ali Khan with the 18th, Afridi has a wild swing at a full toss and picks up four. But no more boundaries, and a v clever selection of yorkers to restrict the scoring.

    17th over: Pakistan 132-6 (Iftikhar 16, Afridi 2 ) Iftikhar cuts a juicy wide one to the deep third boundary, but Anderson responds by tightening everything up and there is only six from the over.

    “A very interesting tussle between the experienced but nervy Pakistan and the new kids on the block known as the USA team who are playing exceptionally, especially the slow left-armer Kenjigge.” writes Colum Fordham.

    “Azam Khan is defintely an enigma, with the build of Oliver Hardy. His golden duck doesn’t inspire after his comic wicket-keeping against England in the warm-up matches.” Choices for the selectors ahead of India v Pakistan in New York on Sunday .


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