Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - USA pip Canada in Super Over amid befuddling scenes. USA robbed Canada off a crucial win in the 2022 T20 WC Americas Qualifiers in Antigua
USA robbed Canada off a crucial win in the 2022 T20 WC Americas Qualifiers in Antigua
USA robbed Canada off a crucial win in the 2022 T20 WC Americas Qualifiers in Antigua. After USA managed to salvage a tie in the most flabbergasting circumstances chasing 143, the super over proved to be a no contest as USA hammered a dumbfounded Canada by as many as 8 runs. The win takes USA to pole position and virtually qualifying for the Global Qualifiers next year.
USA needed 3 off the final delivery with Ali Khan on strike. Khan lets out a big heave which he completely misses. Non striker Rusty Theron runs for his life as he just about completes a bye run before wicket keeper Hamza Tariq dislodged the bails running in with the ball from his usual wicket keeping position. Within a second of dislodging the bails, the keeper rolls the ball carelessly on the pitch as he joined the bowler Jatinder Matharu and the rest of the Canada players to celebrate deliriously. A few of them then started chasing Matharu who is now on a victory lap. In the middle of this mayhem, Theron sets off for the second run, shouting and egging on a dismayed Khan (who started to head off to the dressing room) to keep running as according to him the game isn't over and the ball is not dead. Both of them frantically complete the second run as few of the Canada players start realizing what the batsmen are up to. An optimistic Theron, who set out for the 3rd and final was eventually run out.
The umpires award the 2 runs off the final ball to USA as Canada, now clearly shaken, started to argue and question the legitimacy of that extra run that USA stole for the tie, albeit in vain.
Bertus de Jong @BdJcricket Ok so this just happened at the Americas Regional Qualifier for the 2022 T20 WC. Last ball, 2 to tie, 3 to win. Can you guess what happened next? #USAvCAN 10:02 PM • Nov 11, 2021
What does the law say?
“Law 20.1.2: The ball shall be considered to be dead when it is clear to the bowler's end umpire that the fielding side and both batters at the wicket have ceased to regard it as in play.” From the video footage, it is visible that Theron set off for the second run as soon as the keeper rolled the ball on the pitch and set off for the celebrations.
What happened in the Super Over?
Batting first USA blasted 22 runs of their super over. Canada opted to bowl Matharu again but was taken to cleaners by Steven Taylor as he sat on Matharu's slower balls and tonked two straight sixes to the sight screen area. Taylor fell off the third ball that brought Xavier Marshall to middle, as he joined in the fun and carved two boundaries towards the extra cover region. USA bowled Ali Khan as he bowled an array of yorkers and low full tosses that kept Canada to 14.
How did it get to the Super Over?
USA lost openers Monank Patel and Steven Taylor in the second over thanks to some mindless shot selection, as both holed out in the deep in the second over of the powerplay. USA failed to get ahead of the scoring rate as wickets continued to tumble in heaps.
USA were reeling at 86 for 6 three balls into the 16th over after the dismissal of Nisarg Patel. Still needing 57 off 27, Jaskaran Malhotra decided to throw caution to the winds and clobbered a Matharu slower ball over cow corner and subsequently cut one strongly to the point fence. Karima Gore, coming in after the fall of Nisarg, drilled his first ball over long on for a six. Both the batsmen kept at it and looted another 14 off the penultimate over. Malhotra ran himself out on the first ball of the final over with USA still needing 12. Gore smoked a six off a tense 4th delivery to bring the equation to 3 off 2 balls before Matharu pinned him in front on the penultimate delivery.
How did Canada get to 142?
Canada openers Hiral Patel and Rayyan Pathan gathered 33 in 5 overs. Just when the pair looked ominous, Ian Holland cleaned up Hiral Patel and Rayyan Pathan in successive overs. With the fall of wickets, USA started exerting control of the proceedings with the introduction of left arm spinner Nisarg Patel. Nisarg kept bowling on a nagging wicket to wicket trajectory to have Navneet Dhaliwal and Ravinderpal Singh on the ropes. Singh upped the ante in the 15th over, carting Ali Khan for two boundaries. Dhaliwal chipped in with a smoking six over long on and a fiercely struck square cut off Theron. Ali Khan pulled things back after being smashed around in his first 3 overs, as he ended the final over miserly, giving away only 5 runs.
Brief scores: Canada 142/4 in 20 overs (Navneet Dhaliwal 44 off 37, Ravinderpal Singh 44 off 37; Ian Holland 2-25) tied with USA 142/8 (Jaskaran Malhotra 35 off 25, Karima Gore 31 off 15; Salman Nazar 3-19). USA won the super over by 8 runs.