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England crush USA to secure T20 World Cup semi-final spot

Adil Rashid was the standout bowler for England, restricting the USA's top order with figures of 2/13

England crush USA to secure T20 World Cup semi-final spot PHOTO: AFP

England became the first team to secure a spot in the T20 World Cup 2024 semi-finals after a dominant 10-wicket victory over the United States in their final Super 8 match at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. The USA managed a total of 115 all out with one over to spare, collapsing after losing their last five wickets without adding any runs.

Chris Jordan was instrumental in sealing the USA's innings, claiming four wickets in the 19th over. Adil Rashid had earlier taken two crucial wickets, equaling the record for England's highest wicket-taker in Men's T20 World Cups. England chased down the target with ease, scoring 117 without loss in under ten overs, thanks to an explosive 83 not out from Jos Buttler.

Adil Rashid was the standout bowler for England, restricting the USA's top order with figures of 2/13. He dismissed key players Nitish Kumar (30 off 24) and captain Aaron Jones (10 off 16), disrupting what seemed to be a promising partnership. The USA had initially made a strong start in the powerplay, but wickets from Reece Topley and Sam Curran brought them to 43/2.

Rashid's back-to-back wickets in his spell halted the USA's momentum. Liam Livingstone also contributed, taking a vital catch to dismiss Milind Kumar off Buttler's bowling. The USA's innings crumbled from 115/5 to 115 all out, with Curran redeeming himself in the 18th over by removing Harmeet Singh, who had earlier hit him for a two, a four, and a six.

Jordan then bowled a remarkable 19th over, taking four wickets, including a hat-trick. He removed Anderson with a low full toss, followed by clean bowling Muhammad Ali-Khan, Nosthush Kenjige, and Saurabh Netravalkar in quick succession, finishing with figures of 4/10.

England needed a convincing win to secure their semi-final spot without relying on other results, and they delivered. Captain Buttler led from the front, smashing 83 off just 38 balls, including five sixes in one over from Harmeet. Phil Salt supported him with a solid 25 off 21, ensuring England's comprehensive victory and a place in the semi-finals.