world : USA fall to India in cricket world cup

world : USA fall to India in cricket world cup
world : USA fall to India in cricket world cup

Wednesday 12 June 2024 10:51 PM

Nafeza 2 world - It’s been a particularly miserable time on the pitch in New York for one of India’s star names.

Kohli came into the tournament on the back of stellar season in the Indian Premier League where he was top runscorer with 741 at an average of 61.75.

Off the field in the Big Apple he has been able to relax in high-end coffee shops with his Bollywood actress wife Anushka Sharma without the frenzied attention he would get at home.

Kohli might have enjoyed his time spent in Manhattan, but his impact on the cricketing graph of the same name barely stretches above the height of a bungalow so far in this tournament.

Scores of four, one and zero in his last three innings, albeit on tricky pitches at the venue inside Eishenhower Park, will be a nagging concern to India supporters before the Super 8s.

Memories of the USA’s shock win over Pakistan might have caused a few palms to sweat particularly when Rishabh Pant, crucial in India's own win over Pakistan, saw his middle stump pegged back by Ali Khan.

Recognising the precarious nature of the situation, Suryakumar, usually a flamboyant 360 player, initially reined in his approach to get India over the line.

His heart would have been in his mouth when Netravalkar, a part-time software engineer and former India Under-19 player, pitter-pattered on the turf at short third underneath a top edge only to fumble it.

For an Associate team to beat a powerhouse like India those types of chances have to be taken and from that point SKY and Dube were able to cruise home with 10 balls to spare.

Had the USA managed to get themselves to a score in the region of 130 this might have been an even trickier challenge for their opponents.

India were again indebted to their bowling attack.

Arshdeep trapped USA opener Shayan Jahangir lbw with a peach of a delivery from the first ball of the match before he drew Andries Gous into playing a daft shot.

Aaron Jones has been the USA’s batting star in this tournament, his powerful strokeplay pivotal in victories over Canada and Pakistan.

Both those games were played in Texas on a pitch with considerably more carry and smaller boundaries.

Inevitably Jones could not resist taking on the short ball and Mohammed Siraj suckered him into a top-edging one down to fine leg for 11.

The United States might have capitulated at the point, but Nitish Kumar brought some momentum to the middle overs.

An 88-metre six off Hardik was followed up by a gorgeous straight drive a couple of balls later before he too perished in the deep, caught spectacularly by Siraj.

The barrel-chested Corey Anderson briefly picked up the baton and skilfully managed to extract runs from Jasprit Bumrah, no easy task, to add some valuable lower-order runs .

USA’s bowling attack did their utmost to keep India in check but probably did not have sufficient runs on the board to play with.

However, they were also left to rue the decision to award India five penalty runs in the 15th over of the chase after the US took more than a minute between overs on three occasions.

Progress to the Super 8s, and a chance for the USA to continue their impressive tournament, is still very much in their hands, though.

India captain Rohit Sharma: "We knew this was going to be a tough task.

"We played with a lot of these USA players and I am very happy to see their progress."

USA captain Aaron Jones: "We were 10-15 runs short on that pitch. We knew that 125-130 would have been a tough total to chase but it goes that way sometimes.

"We've still got a game to play, so we'll regroup and come back hard against Ireland."

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