USA vs IND | Battle-hardened America make clinical India prove their worth for Super 8 spot

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India navigated a tricky 111-run chase in the final encounter in New York to overcome the US by seven wickets with 10 balls to spare. They thus became the first team from Group A to qualify for the next round, while the close battle significantly boosted USA's chances of making it through as well.

Brief score: IND 111/3 (18.2) [Suryakumar: 50*(49), Dube 31*(35); Netravalkar 2/18(4)] defeat USA 110/8 (20) [Nitish 27(23), Taylor 24(30); Arshdeep 4/9(4)] by seven wickets

Arshdeep Singh's dream form with the new ball continued as the left-arm quick nailed Shayan Jahangir plumb in front on the first ball of the innings before fatally finding the top edge of Andries Gous to end the over. Steven Taylor and Aaron Jones thereon exhibited utmost caution against a supremely disciplined Indian bowling attack, managing just 18 runs in the powerplay, until the latter's patience gave way to a catch in the deep in the eighth over. However, the tables soon began to turn when Rohit Sharma's Shivam Dube experiment cost India 11 crucial runs and injected much-needed confidence in Taylor. Even after the opener chopped one onto his stumps off Axar Patel in the 12th over, Nitish Kumar and Corey Anderson kept the momentum going with a rapid 25-run stand off 18 balls, before Arshdeep returned to send the former packing for 27. A couple more brief cameos eventually pushed the hosts' total to a firmly competitive 110/8 at the end of their 20 overs.

In response, the visitors got off to a shocker with Saurabh Netravalkar extending Virat Kohli's horrendous run by dispatching him for a golden duck and then accounting for Rohit Sharma in his next over. Nonetheless, Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav withstood the early pressure to impose themselves on the tough conditions, striking a six each in the powerplay to take the score to 34/2. However, once the wicket-keeper was outdone by a ball that skidded low in the eighth over, the USA stifled the Men in Blue with unnerving accuracy, leaving SKY and Shivam Dube 44 to get off the final six overs. A nine-run Corey Anderson over eased India's task and a five-run penalty for failing to comply with the latest over-rate rules brought the required run rate back to run-a-ball. It was all smooth sailing for the Indian pair thereafter as SKY pressed on the accelerator to bring up his half-century in the 19th over followed by Dube hitting the winning runs to cap off the unbeaten 67-run stand.

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