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T20 World Cup: India survive major scare vs USA to qualify for Super 8s

Virat Kohli dismissed first ball and captain Rohit Sharma for three as India slip to 10-2 against the USA before eventually chasing down 111 to win by seven wickets and reach the Super 8s; watch the Men's T20 World Cup live on Sky Sports this June

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Highlights of the T20 World Cup match between USA and India

India survived a sizeable scare against the USA as the Men's T20 World Cup co-hosts threatened to pull off another stunning upset in their Group A meeting in New York.

Having beaten Pakistan in one of the greatest World Cup upsets of all time in their previous match, the USA had India rattled at 10-2 in the third over of their pursuit of 111 to win.

Virat Kohli was dismissed for a first-ball duck by Saurabh Netravalkar (2-18), who previously represented India at the 2010 Under-19s World Cup but who has worked as an engineer for the past six years in the States.

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A horrible start for India as their star man Virat Kohli is caught behind first ball against the USA

Netravalkar, who bowled the winning Super Over in the upset victory over Pakistan, also picked up captain Rohit Sharma (3) in his next over, but his later drop of Suryakumar Yadav (50no) would prove costly as India ultimately won by seven wickets.

Rishabh Pant (18) was clean-bowled by Ali Khan (1-21) with one that kept low to beat the big-hitting left-hander, further troubling India at 44-3.

United States' Saurabh Nethralvakar, right, celebrates the dismissal of India's Virat Kohli, left, 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)
Image: Saurabh Nethralvakar celebrates dismissing Kohli for a first-ball duck as USA threatened another upset against India

But the key moment came in the 13th over when Suryakumar was dropped on 22 with India still requiring a further 53 from 45 deliveries.

He cashed in on the reprieve, bringing up his half-century shortly before Shivam Dube (29no) hit the winning runs with 10 balls to spare, clinching India's progress through to the Super 8s stage of the tournament.

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The USA will join them as runners-up should they beat Ireland in their final group game on Friday. Defeat would potentially open the door to Pakistan or Ireland - who meet on Sunday - to qualify in their place.

India's Arshdeep Singh, right, celebrates with teammate Suryakumar Yadav after the dismissal of United States' Shayan Jahangir 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)
Image: India's Arshdeep Singh took 4-9, including two wickets in the opening over as USA posted 110-8 batting first

Earlier, after India won the toss and elected to bowl first, Arshdeep Singh (4-9) was the star of the show, taking two wickets in his opening over to immediately reduce the US to 3-2.

Steven Taylor provided 24 valuable runs to steady the ship, while Nitish Kumar top-scored with 27, the odd lusty blow provided along the way as the US posted a score of 110-8.

With Canada's 137 in their win over Ireland proving the highest total so far in the seven prior matches played on the low-scoring New York surface, the USA's total would prove more than competitive but India's experience and the class of Suryakumar, in particular, ultimately told.

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Kohli tries a cheeky no-look run-out, but the batter was well within the crease

What's Next in Group A?

The USA face Ireland in their final group game on Friday knowing victory guarantees their progress through to the Super 8s.

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India face Canada on Saturday, while Pakistan's clash with Ireland on Sunday could prove pivotal were the USA to be defeated by the latter two days prior.

Each match will be played in Lauderhill, Florida, all scheduled for 3.30pm UK time and all live on Sky Sports Cricket.

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