United States beat Pakistan in T20 World Cup Super Over thriller

Published at : 07 June 2024, 10:27 am
United States beat Pakistan in T20 World Cup Super Over thriller
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The United States enjoyed arguably the greatest day in their cricket history as the non-Test nation beat Pakistan in a stunning Super Over upset at the T20 World Cup on Thursday.

Both teams made 159 in their standard 20 overs of this Group A match at Grand Prairie, near Dallas, Texas.

Then the United States, batting first in a Super Over bowled for Pakistan by veteran left-arm quick Mohammad Amir, made an 18 that featured several wides and runs off panic-stricken overthrows.

India-born paceman Saurabh Netravalkar held his nerve as Pakistan, runners-up at the 2022 T20 World Cup and champions in 2009, only managed 13-1 in reply.

Pakistan were 5-0 off three balls before Netravalkar had Iftikhar Ahmed brilliantly caught low down in the deep by Kumar.

And with seven needed off the last ball, Shadab Khan was unable to manage the six that would have forced a second Super Over, sparking wild celebrations among the USA team and their home fans.

"It's a huge achievement," said United States captain Monank Patel, whose 50 was the cornerstone of his side's 159-3 in their regulation 20 overs.

"For us to beat Pakistan, we are playing them for the first time, I am just so proud of how we played. It was a proper team effort from first ball until the last."

Pakistan were earlier restricted to 159-7, left-arm quick Netravalkar taking a miserly 2-18, in their first match of the tournament.

The United States, having been cruising to victory, were on the verge of defeat when they needed 12 off their last three balls of their innings.

But Aaron Jones -- the hero of their run chase in an opening group win over Canada -- hit Haris Rauf for six before Nitish Kumar struck a last-ball full toss for four as the tournament co-hosts levelled the scores.

Even allowing for the United States's recent 2-1 one-day international series win over Bangladesh -- and Pakistan's infamous reputation for making bad starts to tournaments -- this was the landmark result in modern Americanc ricket. - 'Better than us' -

Pakistan captain Babar Azam, in a damning assessment of his side's performance, said: "We didn't capitalise with the bat and they took a lot of momentum."

He added: "We weren't up to it in the first six overs with the ball as usual, not taking wickets again. But credit to USA, they performed so well today. They were better than us in all aspects of the game."

The United States were well on course for victory at 104-1 in the 14th over, with Patel and Andries Gous sharing a partnership of 68. But they were 111-3 when India-born Patel was caught behind off Amir.

Earlier, United States left-arm spinner Nosthush Kenjige, who opened the bowling, took 3-30 -- including two wickets in two balls -- from his maximum four overs.

Mohammad Rizwan was superbly caught one-handed at slip by Steven Taylor off Netravalkar before Usman Khan holed out off Kenjige to leave Pakistan 14-2.

Pakistan were in dire straits at 26-3 before a partnership of 72 between Azam (44 off 43 balls) and Shadab Khan (40 off 25) revived the innings, with tailender Shaheen Shah Afridi's unbeaten 23 boosting their total.



   Both teams next play India in New York, with Pakistan facing their arch-rivals on Sunday before the United States are back in action on Wednesday.


Mushfiqur to play for Fortune Barishal in BPL 2024

Published at : 24 September 2023, 03:42 pm
Mushfiqur to play for Fortune Barishal in BPL 2024

Bangladeshi wicketkeeper-batter Mushfiqur Rahim is set to feature for Fortune Barishal in the forthcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).


Mushfiqur had played for Sylhet Strikers in the last edition. His price was fixed at 80 lakhs in the players' draft according to the category. Which means he was in 'A' category.

The top category player will play along with other star players like Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, and Khaled Ahmed in Fortune Barishal.

Neymar quits PSG to sign for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal

Published at : 20 September 2023, 05:06 pm
Neymar quits PSG to sign for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal

Neymar said he was relishing “new challenges and opportunities in new places” after he joined Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal from Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal Tuesday, becoming the latest big name lured to the oil-rich Gulf state.

The Brazil forward, 31, ends a six-year stay in the French capital and follows in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane in swapping Europe for the Middle East.

“I have achieved a lot in Europe and enjoyed special times, but I have always wanted to be a global player and test myself with new challenges and opportunities in new places,” Neymar said in a statement from the Saudi Pro League.

“I want to write new sporting history, and the Saudi Pro League has tremendous energy and quality players at the moment,” he added.

Neymar ‘in negotiations’ over Saudi move as Mbappe returns to PSG good books

Published at : 20 September 2023, 05:05 pm
Neymar ‘in negotiations’ over Saudi move as Mbappe returns to PSG good books

Neymar was “in negotiations” on Sunday to become the latest football superstar to decamp for Saudi Arabia, leaving Paris Saint-Germain just as Kylian Mbappe was brought back in from the cold by the French champions.

A source close to PSG told AFP that 31-year-old Neymar “no longer figures in the club or manager’s plans” with the Brazilian immediately linked to Al-Hilal in the Gulf kingdom.

Another source in Saudi Arabia said that “direct negotiations” between Neymar’s agents and the Public Investment Fund (PIF) were ongoing.

PSG get better of Dortmund in Champions League opener

Published at : 20 September 2023, 05:03 pm
PSG get better of Dortmund in Champions League opener

Paris Saint-Germain got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start on Tuesday as a Kylian Mbappe penalty set them up for a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund at the Parc des Princes.

The French champions had dominated the first half without overly troubling the Dortmund defence, but they went ahead four minutes after the break when Mbappe scored a spot-kick awarded for a Niklas Suele handball.

Achraf Hakimi added a memorable second, and PSG could have won the Group F encounter by a far more handsome margin in the end.

The result immediately puts them in control of the group, after AC Milan and Newcastle United drew 0-0 earlier, and coach Luis Enrique will hope they can build on this performance when they visit the English side next in a fortnight.

"It was an almost perfect evening," said Luis Enrique.