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T20 World Cup 2024: US Triumphs Over Canada by 7 Wickets in Opening Match

T20 World Cup 2024

The United States secured a decisive victory in the opening match of the T20 World Cup 2024 against Canada, winning by seven wickets at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas on Saturday.

Canada, after being put to bat first by the hosts, set a formidable target of 195 runs. The US team’s chase was spearheaded by an exceptional innings from Aaron Jones, who played a spectacular knock of 94 runs off just 40 balls. His innings included four boundaries and a remarkable ten sixes, guiding the hosts to their target in just 17.4 overs.

The US began their chase on a cautious note and faced early setbacks. Both openers, Steven Taylor and Monank Patel, were dismissed cheaply, with scores of 0 and 16 respectively, leaving the team at 42-2 in the seventh over.

However, Jones, along with Andries Gous, steadied the innings. The duo forged a match-winning partnership of 131 runs in just 58 balls. Gous contributed significantly with a solid 65 runs off 46 balls, hitting seven fours and three sixes.

Earlier in the day, Canada, batting first, posted a competitive total of 194 for the loss of five wickets. Opener Navneet Dhaliwal and middle-order batsman Nicholas Kirton laid the foundation with impressive half-centuries.

Dhaliwal scored 61 runs off 44 balls, including six fours and three sixes, while Kirton added 51 runs off 31 balls with three fours and two sixes. Shreyas Movva’s quickfire unbeaten 32 off 16 balls provided the necessary momentum towards the end of the innings.

In the bowling department, Ali Khan, Harmeet Singh, and Corey Anderson each took a wicket for the USA, helping to restrict Canada to a manageable total.

This match was another chapter in cricket’s oldest rivalry, which dates back to the first-ever international cricket match between the USA and Canada in 1844 at St George’s Cricket Club in New York.

Both teams are part of Group A in the T20 World Cup, alongside cricket powerhouses India and Pakistan, as well as Ireland.

Lineups for the match were as follows:
Canada: Aaron Johnson, Navneet Dhaliwal, Pargat Singh, Nicholas Kirton, Shreyas Movva (wk), Dilpreet Bajwa, Saad Bin Zafar (capt), Nikhil Dutta, Dilon Heyliger, Kaleem Sana, Jeremy Gordon.

USA: Steven Taylor, Monank Patel (capt, wk), Andries Gous, Aaron Jones, Nitish Kumar, Corey Anderson, Harmeet Singh, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Jasdeep Singh, Ali Khan, Saurabh Netravalkar.

The victory sets a positive tone for the US team as they advance in the tournament, showcasing their capability to chase down challenging totals and perform under pressure.

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