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United States Vs Ireland, T20 World Cup Match Report: Florida Rain Shocks Pakistan, USA Advance To Super 8s

As a result of the washout, heavyweight Pakistan exited the tournament they had won back in 2009, while the USA advanced to the next stage, fueling the game's growth and crafting history

(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
United States' Saurabh Nethralvakar, left, celebrates the dismissal of India's Virat Kohli during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between United States and India at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in Westbury, New York, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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The three-hour wait finally ended as rain forced the abandonment of the USA vs Ireland game. The United States secured qualification from Group A in the T20 World Cup 2024, with the match at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Florida being called off due to weather conditions on Friday. (Match Blog|Scorecard|Full Coverage)

The onset of a flash-flood emergency due to heavy rains in Florida affected the game right from the start, delaying the toss because of a wet outfield.

USA ended group league campaign with five points from four games and Pakistan even if they win their last match against Ireland can maximum reach four points.

Throughout the match, umpires conducted a series of inspections to assess the pitch and outfield conditions. The first inspection occurred before the game, followed by scheduled times at 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm, and ultimately at 10:40 pm IST. Each inspection aimed to evaluate the wet outfield and ensure play could commence safely.

The USA’s run in the tournament been surprisingly good, the team kicked off the tournament with a commanding victory over Canada, successfully chasing nearly 200 runs. They then stunned Pakistan in one of the T20 World Cup's greatest upsets and gave strong title contenders India a tough challenge. However, the team's resurgence in the game began with a morale-boosting T20I series win over Bangladesh just before the main event.

Comprising eight cricketers of Indian descent, most on temporary H1-B visas, the USA is striving to revive the sport 180 years after hosting the first-ever international cricket match. This historic event took place between USA and Canada at St George's Cricket Club in New York in 1844, predating England and Australia's inaugural Test match by 33 years.

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