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T20 World Cup 2024: USA v Ireland – preview, expected line-ups, free bets and offers

The State of Play

We edge closer to the T20 World Cup Super 8s and co-hosts USA can confirm their place with victory over Ireland on Friday.

Steven Taylor and his team-mates have been the surprise package of the tournament, beating Canada and stunning Pakistan to cement second place in Group A.

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And with Ireland sitting bottom, yet to record a win, they will fancy their chances of finishing with three wins out of four.

The USA’s only loss so far came on Wednesday against India, although it was a close game.

Nitish Kumar scored 27 from 23 balls to set his side on their way to a score of 110-8 after 20 overs.

They were also given a five-run penalty for a stop-clock violation after taking more than 60 seconds between overs for the third time in the match.

It was a respectable score in odd circumstances, with the game being played in New York but most of the fans in the stadium supporting India.


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The home side made a good start to restrict India’s chase, taking Virat Kohli for a golden duck and Rohit Sharma following soon after.

But Suryakumar Yadav rescued the match for the tournament favourites, recording an unbeaten half-century, taking the Men in Blue to 111-3 after 18.2 overs.

Captain Aaron Jones was pleased with the performance, but admitted after the game he knew it was going to take a higher score to beat a fearsome India side.

He said: “We were 10-15 runs short on that pitch.

“We knew that 125-130 would have been a tough total to chase but it goes that way sometimes.

“We’ve still got a game to play, so we’ll regroup and come back hard against Ireland.”

Ireland are somewhat detached from Group A having played a game less than their opponents.

They have suffered two defeats to Canada and India and must beat the USA if they are to make a late charge towards the Super 8s.

It is not going to be an easy task, particularly with the unpredictable weather and the form of their foes from across the pond.

But the mentality within the Irish camp is that nothing but a win will suffice.

55-cap Curtis Campher said ahead of the match: “When you lose your first two games, it doesn’t matter what the results are in the rest of the group.

“You have to win the next two games – and convincingly – to have a chance to get through to the Super 8s.

“We’re used to fighting uphill battles, so hopefully we can show what we’re made of in the next two games because we haven’t done that in the first two games.”

George Dockrell and Mark Adair were the standout performers for Ireland in the batting last time out against Canada, scoring over 30 runs each.

Ben McCarthy and Craig Young took two wickets each as Ireland tried to halt Canada’s initial charge but they failed to give their side a first victory at the tournament.

All four of the highlighted players will need to be on their best form if they are to dislodge the USA steam train.

Expected line-ups

USA: Steven Taylor (c), Jaskaran Malhotra, Monank Patel (wk), Aaron Jones, Nisarg Patel, Saurabh Netravalkar, Cameron Stevenson, Rusty Theron, Ali Khan, Karima Gore, Gajanand Singh.

Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Craig Young.

How to watch

Sky have the rights to show the T20 World Cup to UK viewers in 2024 and will broadcast every game live. Coverage gets underway on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket from 15.30pm UK time on Friday.

In India, the games can be streamed on Disney + Hotstar app and website. They are also available across the Star Sports Network.

Prediction

Form favours the USA here and a win will guarantee their place in the Super 8s at Pakistan and Canada’s expense.

Ireland are not technically out of the running as they have played a game less than the rest of their group, but it will take something special to catch the USA’s total of 4 points and overturn their negative net run rate.

A more realistic objective will be for the Green and Whites not to finish the tournament with zero points and spoil the party for the co-host nation.

Having said that, we can still see a USA win to take them through to the knockout rounds of the World Cup.

Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.
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