USA into World T20 Super Eight after washout against Ireland; Pakistan eliminated

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Co-host USA qualified for the Super Eight stage of the T20 World Cup after their match against Ireland in Florida was washed out.

There had been tropical storms and flooding in the morning and over the preceding days which caused a waterlogged outfield that did not dry in time.

The match was scheduled to start at 10:30h, with the cut-off time for a five-over match at 14:16h.

Sri Lanka vs Nepal was also washed out at the same venue on Wednesday, and India are scheduled to take on Canada there on Saturday.

But a heavy storm followed the abandonment leaving big puddles on the outfield, which also puts that game in doubt.

USA join India from their group in reaching the next round, which eliminates Ireland, Canada and Pakistan.

Australia, West Indies, Afghanistan and South Africa have also qualified from the other groups.

It is a remarkable achievement for a side ranked 18th in the world, playing in their first World Cup and who only played their first T20 international in 2019.

They beat Canada in a high-scoring thriller in the tournament opener, shocked Pakistan in a Super Over and then put in a spirited fight against cricketing giants India.

The Super Eight starts on June 19 with USA, who have now also qualified for the 2026 T20 World Cup by virtue of reaching the last eight here, facing South Africa in Antigua. (BBC)

 

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