T20 World Cup 2024: Three Reasons Why Pakistan Faced a Humiliating Loss to the USA

T20 World Cup 2024 Pakistan

The co-hosts USA stunned Pakistan by securing a thumping victory via super over in the group stage match of the T20 World Cup 2024 on June 6 at Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas.

The USA skipper Monank Patel invited Pakistan to bat first and restricted them to an average total of 159-7 in 20 overs. Especially, the left-arm spinner Nosthush Kenjige grabbed 3 crucial wickets by conceding 30 runs in his 4-over spell. Additionally, the other three medium-fast bowlers namely Saurabh Netravalkar (18-2 in 4 overs), Ali Khan (30-1 in 4 overs) and Jasdeep Singh (37-1 in 3 overs) made it difficult for Pakistan to accelerate their score.

Furthermore, Monank Patel’s 38-ball-50 which includes 7 fours and 1 six proved to be a valuable knock for the USA during the chase. But, it was Aaron Jones’s Cameo of 36 runs from 26 balls (including 5 fours and 1 six); that guided his team to a total of 159-3 in 20 overs.

Let’s delve deeper to find out the main reasons why Pakistan lost to the USA in the 11th match of the T20 World Cup 2024. Most importantly, you would be interested to know how Super Over had played a crucial role in Monank Patel’s led side to upset the men-in-green.

3 Main Reasons Why Pakistan Lost to the USA in T20 World Cup 2024

These are the three main reasons why an experienced team like Pakistan lost to the debutant participants, the USA, in the T20 World Cup 2024:

1. Flop Show in Powerplay:

The Powerplay is one of the crucial phases in limited-overs cricket like T20Is, where Pakistan delivered a flop show by scoring 30-3 in 6 overs, which is indeed their joint fourth-lowest powerplay score in the T20 World Cup so far. Particularly, the dismissal of these three batters during the powerplay pressurized the other Pakistani batters to proceed with a slow approach:

  • Mohammad Rizwan: 9 runs from 8 balls (including 1 six).
  • Usman Khan: 3 runs from 3 balls. 
  • Fakhar Zaman: 11 runs from 7 balls (including 1 six). 

Contrarily, the United States batters scored 44 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay by losing just a wicket of their opening batter Steven Taylor (12 runs from 16 balls- including 1 four).

2. Lack of Spin Bowling Options:

Pakistan with a heavy-pace bowling squad poses a concern about the absence of spin bowling options. It is expected that in the upcoming days of the tournament, spinners also need to step up, which hasn’t happened against the USA.

Although, the Pakistani spin bowling all-rounder Shadab Khan as the lone warrior scored 40 runs from 25 balls (including 1 four and 3 sixes) at a decent strike rate of 160.00; he couldn’t contribute effectively with the ball by going wicketless and conceded 27 runs in 3 overs. Similarly, Iftikhar Ahmed conceded 10 runs in his single-over spell.

On the other side, the USA spinner Nosthush Kenjige prevented the Pakistani batters from posting huge totals by claiming these three main wickets namely:

  • Usman Khan( 3 runs from 3 balls): Dismissed at 14-2 in 2.3 overs. 
  • Shadab Khan (40 runs from 25 balls):  Dismissed at 98-4 in 12.4 overs.
  • Azam Khan (0 from 1 ball): Dismissed at 98-5 in 12.5 overs.

3. Too many Wides and Overthrows:

One of the worst nightmares for a bowling side is affording too many free runs via extras which Pakistan gifted plenty of them in the match. Particularly in the super over, the left-arm medium pacer Mohammad Amir bowled three wides and granted 7 extra runs. As a result, the USA scored 18-1 in the super over.

Similarly, the pacers Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah bowled a couple of wide balls tallying a total of 11 wides; which is higher when compared to the USA’s bowling (4 wides).

Additional Reasons why Pakistan suffered a massive loss to the USA

1. Super Over:

Chasing a target of 19 runs in the super-over, Pakistan batters failed to utilize another valuable opportunity by scoring 13-1. Here is how the USA pulled off a comfortable 5-run victory against Pakistan:

  • First Ball: No Run
  • Second Ball: 4 runs
  • Third Ball: Wide
  • Third Ball: Wicket
  • Fourth Ball: Wide
  • Fourth Ball: 4 runs
  • Fifth Ball: 2 runs
  • Sixth Ball: 1 run

2. Babar Azam’s slow approach:

Babar Azam’s slow approach of playing a run-a-ball innings received severe criticism for degrading his team’s performance and lack of intent to score aggressively. The Pakistan skipper scored 44 runs from 43 balls (including 3 fours and 2 sixes); and became the talk of the town when the issue wasn’t stabilized by the batters at the other end who failed to provide a helping hand in crucial moments.

3. Haris Rauf Final Over:

During the final over, Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf shouldered the huge responsibility of defending 15 runs to prevent the USA from winning the match. Aaron Jones struck a six and four as well as rotated the strike with Nitish Kumar; which resulted in the USA scoring 14 runs and proceeding with the super over.

Conclusion:

After facing a painful defeat against the USA, Pakistan now has another challenge. The Babar Azam’s led side needs to secure a crucial against their arch-rivals Team India who are ranking in the second position with a superior run rate of 2 points and  +3.065 net run rate in the points table. A loss for Pakistan would threaten their chances of qualifying for the Super Eight stages of the tournament.