USA vs PAK: USA Shocks Pakistan in T20 World Cup Thriller

USA vs PAK: In a dramatic T20 World Cup match, the USA pulled off a stunning upset against Pakistan, largely due to Haris Rauf’s failure to defend 15 runs in the final over. Rauf’s missteps led to a Super Over loss that will be remembered for years.

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The Match Overview

The game took place in Dallas, with the USA hosting Pakistan. Pakistan, after setting a target of 159 runs, appeared to be in control for most of the match. However, the final six overs saw the Americans claw back into the game.

The Final Over Tension

With 15 runs needed off the last six balls, the USA’s hopes were slim. Aaron Jones and Nitish Kumar were struggling on a tricky pitch. Jones had managed only 28 runs off 23 balls, and Kumar was even slower, scoring less than a run-a-ball. Despite their struggles, they faced Haris Rauf in the final over.

A Promising Start for Rauf

Rauf started the over well, giving away just three singles off the first three balls. This included a dropped catch by Shaheen Afridi, which would later prove costly.

The Turnaround

Needing 12 runs off three balls, the USA seemed destined for defeat. But Rauf missed his yorker on the fourth delivery, and Jones capitalized, hitting a full toss for six towards mid-wicket. The pressure was now on Rauf, with five runs needed off the last ball.

The Unlikely Hero

On the final delivery, Rauf bowled another low full toss. Nitish Kumar, who hadn’t hit a boundary all game, lofted the ball over mid-off for four runs. This remarkable hit tied the game and led to ecstatic celebrations in the USA camp.

USA vs PAK The Super Over Drama

The USA then set a target of 19 runs in the Super Over, which Pakistan failed to chase down, securing a historic victory for the Americans.

Social Media Reaction

Fans and cricket enthusiasts took to Twitter to express their disbelief and frustration at Haris Rauf’s final over performance. Many criticized his inability to execute under pressure, which cost Pakistan a crucial match in the tournament.

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