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U.S. Easy Picking For England

United States of America 115

England (9.4/20 ov, T:116) 117/0

England won by 10 wickets (with 62 balls remaining)

England has swash buckled their way into the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2024 with a commanding 10-wicket win over USA in their final Super Eight match. 

It took a mere 9.4 overs to chase down 116, with the main damager, Jos Buttler scoring 83 not out from 38 deliveries, the defending champions having boosted their net run rate (NRR) to 1.992 for good measure.

Chris Jordan was also in command performance becoming the first England player to take a men’s T20I hat-trick. 

Jordan, brought back into the XI for Mark Wood, took four wickets from his final five deliveries – joining Ireland’s Curtis Campher as the only other bowler to achieve that feat at a T20 World Cup – as the USA collapsed from 115 for 5 to 115 all out.

This was how both captains summed up the game:

“I thought if we could bring our intensity, we’d be too good,” said England’s captain Jos Butler.” 

He added, “We’ve got great options. We wanted to bring Chris Jordan back, adds a bit of depth with his batting capabilities as well. A World Cup hat-trick is a great effort.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. Captain, Aaron Jones said, “I guess you could say [we’ve run out of steam]. We’ve not had a good last two games. Something to look forward at for sure when we get back. But we’ve really enjoyed this tournament. I think our shot selection wasn’t the best. We knew he was the dangerman, but we still gave him some wickets.”

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