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T20 World Cup 2024: Defending champion England first team to move to semi-finals

Chris Jordan performed a hat-trick, picking up four wickets in one over to bowl out the US within 19 overs

By Abdul Mohi Shah
June 24, 2024
Englands captain and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler hits a shot during the Twenty20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight cricket match, US vs England, Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, June 23, 2024. — AFP
England's captain and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler hits a shot during the Twenty20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight cricket match, US vs England, Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, June 23, 2024. — AFP

BRIDGETOWN, Caribbean Islands: Defending champions England become the first team to march into the T20 World Cup 2024 semi-finals with a 10-wicket cakewalk against the US at the Kingston Oval Sunday.

Set to achieve win in less than 15 overs to go through ahead of other Pool 2 teams. Joss Buttler (83 not out) led the run chase with breezy knock studded with seven sixes and six fours to achieve the target in 9.4 overs. Together with Phil Salt (25), Buttler made sure England reach the winning score well ahead of the given target.

Earlier, Chris Jordan performed a hat-trick, picking up four wickets in one over to bowl out the US within 19 overs.

He removed Ali Khan, Nasthush Kenjegi and Saurabh Netravalkar on three successive deliveries. He had the US skipper Corey Anderson (29) earlier in the over. The US lost their last five batsmen within six deliveries without the addition of a single run. From 115 for 5, the US were bowled out at the same score six balls later.

Besides, Anderson, Natish Kumar (29) and Harmeet Singh (21) played well. Besides Jordan, Man of the Match Adil Rasheed (2-13) was brilliant in the middle overs keeping a tight check on the US scoring rate.

“There was something on the wicket. My wrong one went well today. Now we are waiting as to who we are to play in the semis,” Adil Rashid said.

Score: USA all out 115 all out in 18.5 overs (Nitish Kumar 30, Core Anderson 29, Chris Jordan 4-10, Adil Rashid 2-13, Sam Curran 2-23)

England 117 for no loss in 9.2 overs (Jose Buttler 83 not out, Phil Salt 25 not out).