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USA Cricket stuns Pakistan in World T20 upset

Written by on June 6, 2024

United States’ Saurabh Nethralvakar, center, celebrates with teammates after their win in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup cricket match against Pakistan at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

On Thursday, Team USA had a stunning upset in cricket, defeating Pakistan — a cricket powerhouse — by five runs.

The win took place in the group stage of the T20 World Cup, a tournament of the 20 best qualifying cricket teams in the world. Thursday’s upset puts the U.S. at the top of Group A, which also includes India, Canada and Ireland.

The win took place after a tense super over, a tiebreaking method in cricket similar to a penalty shootout. The U.S. finished the super over with 18 runs, meaning that Pakistan needed 19 to win; however, Team USA held on and Pakistan ended with 13 runs, giving the Americans the historic win.

The 2024 T20 tournament is jointly hosted by the U.S. and the West Indies; Thursday’s matchup took place in Dallas, Texas. The home win is a particularly big deal for Team USA given that cricket is largely not a popular sport in the U.S.

The U.S. next faces India, another formidable opponent in cricket, on June 12 for the next group stage match.

This story will be updated.

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