Suryakumar steers India to Super 8s with victory over USA.

Suryakumar Yadav played a pivotal role in India’s journey to the Super 8s, showcasing an unbeaten half-century in a nail-biting seven-wicket victory over T20 World Cup co-hosts, the USA. The match witnessed a stellar performance from left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh, who delivered impressive figures of 4-9, effectively constraining the United States to a total of 110-8. Despite Nitish Kumar’s stylish innings, which led the US with 27 runs off 23 balls, India’s formidable batting lineup felt confident in chasing the target.

However, the atmosphere turned tense among the predominantly India-supporting crowd in New York as India faced a rocky start in their reply. Virat Kohli’s dismissal for a golden duck followed by Rohit Sharma’s wicket left India reeling at 10-2, courtesy of Saurabh Netravalkar’s bowling prowess.

A pivotal moment occurred in the 13th over, with India at 59-3, when Netravalkar missed a high catch that could have dismissed Suryakumar at 22 runs. Following this, Suryakumar and Shivam Dube, who contributed 31 not out from 35 balls, took charge, finding the boundary with more ease.

Despite the thrilling encounter, the US still holds the opportunity to qualify for the Super 8s, provided they secure victory against Ireland in their final Group A match in Florida on Friday, or if the game is affected by rain. Meanwhile, India is set to face Canada in their final pool match on Saturday.

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