T20 World Cup 2024 Weekly Highlights

The first week of the 2024 T20 World Cup has been nothing short of spectacular, featuring nail-biting finishes, historic upsets, and record-setting performances. With nearly 20 matches played, each game has delivered high-octane cricket, making it one of the most memorable starts to a T20 World Cup in history. Here’s a detailed roundup of the action-packed first week.

USA Stuns Pakistan: The Biggest Upset

The standout surprise of the week was the United States' shocking victory over Pakistan. Pakistan, known for its unpredictability in ICC events, was expected to dominate against the first-timers. However, the match ended in a thrilling Super Over after both teams scored 159 runs in their respective innings. The USA held their nerve to clinch victory, leaving Pakistan’s path to the Super 8s fraught with challenges. This victory, combined with a win against Canada, places the USA at the top of the table alongside India, each with two wins from two games. 

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Two Super Overs in a Week

Super Overs are a rare delight in T20 cricket, but this tournament has already seen two in the first week. On the second day, Namibia edged out Oman in a Super Over after both teams scored 109 runs. Just a few days later, the USA's victory over Pakistan added another thrilling Super Over to the tally. These matches have set a high bar for the excitement levels in the tournament.

Record-Breakingly Low Run Rates

While T20 matches are often associated with high scoring, the first week of this World Cup has seen record lows in run rates. The match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in New York saw both teams scoring at a combined rate of 4.42, setting a new low for T20 World Cups. Sri Lanka managed only 77 runs, which South Africa chased down in 16.2 overs. This record was broken just two days later when Uganda and Papua New Guinea (PNG) faced off, with a combined run rate of 4.13. PNG’s 77 all-out was chased by Uganda with 10 balls to spare.

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First-Timers Impress

The debutant teams—USA, Uganda, and Canada—have been the talk of the tournament. The USA not only stunned Pakistan but also defeated Canada in their opening match. Uganda marked their presence by beating PNG in a low-scoring thriller, while Canada registered a historic win against Ireland in a last-over thriller. These performances have added an extra layer of excitement and unpredictability to the tournament.

Struggles for Sri Lanka

Former champions Sri Lanka are on the verge of an early exit after consecutive losses to South Africa and Bangladesh. These defeats have left them at the bottom of Group D, making their upcoming matches against Nepal and the Netherlands must-win. Even if they secure victories in these games, their chances of progressing depend on the outcomes of other matches in the group, particularly those involving South Africa and Bangladesh. 

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Group Standings

Group A

- India: Dominated Pakistan and Ireland, leading with 4 points and a net run rate (NRR) of +1.455.

- USA: Following impressive wins over Canada and Pakistan, they sit second with 4 points.

- Pakistan: With their loss to the USA & India, they are almost out of the tournament.

- Canada and Ireland: Struggling at the bottom, both teams are yet to secure a win. 

Group B

- Scotland: Top with 5 points from three matches, thanks to two wins and a high NRR of +2.164.

- Australia: Second with 4 points and an NRR of +1.875, looking strong for the Super 8s.

- Namibia: Third with one win in two matches.

- England and Oman: Languishing at the bottom, with England needing a turnaround to stay in the competition.

Group C

-  Afghanistan: Dominating with two wins and a remarkable NRR of +5.225.

- West Indies: Co-hosts in second place with a solid NRR of +3.574.

- Uganda: Holding on in third place, their victory against PNG is crucial for their campaign.

- Papua New Guinea and New Zealand: Yet to win, facing an uphill battle to progress.

Group D

- South Africa: Leading with 4 points and an NRR of +0.789 after victories over Sri Lanka and Nepal.

- Bangladesh: Second with 2 points, aiming to secure their place in the Super 8s with three matches remaining.

- Netherlands: Third with 2 points, their hopes still alive.

- Nepal and Sri Lanka: Both teams are winless and at the bottom of the group.

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Top Performers

Most Runs

1. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (AFG): 156 runs

2. Aaron Jones (USA): 130 runs

3. Ibrahim Zadran (AFG):114 runs

4. AGS Gous (USA): 100 runs

5. NR Kirton (CAN): 100 runs

Most Wickets

1. Fazalhaq Farooqi (AFG): 9 wickets

2. AJ Hosein (WI):6 wickets

3. Anrich Nortje (SA): 6 wickets

4. Rashid Khan (AFG): 6 wickets

5. Mehran Khan (OMAN):6 wickets

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The first week of the 2024 T20 World Cup has set a thrilling tone for the rest of the tournament. With unexpected results, dramatic finishes, and impressive performances from debutant teams, fans are in for an exciting ride. The coming week will begin with Bangladesh taking on South Africa in New York on Monday (June 10) and witness other high-octane clashes like West Indies vs New Zealand (in Tarouba on Thursday). The Indian team will meet co-hosts United States in New York on Wednesday, and Canada in Lauderhill on Saturday. As the race for the Super 8s heats up, the competition promises to deliver more surprises and high-stakes cricket in the coming weeks.

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