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US vs WI Live Score, T20 World Cup 2024: West Indies opt to bowl against USA – The Times of India

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United States vs West Indies, Super 8 T20 World Cup 2024: West Indies cannot afford another misstep as they take on a tenacious USA outfit in the Super Eights of the T20 World Cup at Bridgetown in Barbados, seeking to renew their quest for an unprecedented third title.

After remaining unbeaten in the group stage, the West Indies slumped to an eight-wicket loss to defending champions England in their opening Super Eight fixture, paying the price for playing out as many as 51 dot balls and failing to rotate strike.

The heavy defeat to England has not only pushed Ravman Powell and his men to the bottom of the group but they now have -1.343 net run rate and need to win big to keep their hopes of lifting the title at home alive.

USA, on the other hand, haven’t won any game since their victory against Pakistan earlier this month. But they gave a good account of themselves against India and almost shocked South Africa, falling just 18 runs short of the Proteas’ 194/4 against a high-quality bowling attack.

The co hosts of the tournament have shown that they are not here just to make up numbers and are not to be taken lightly. They have played an aggressive brand of cricket so far and in likelihood will continue to do so in the coming matches.

However, their weakness is their inexperienced bowling attack that sometimes lacks discipline, and the West Indies, who are blessed with big hitters like Nicholas Pooran, Andre Rusell, Powel, will like to capitalise on that.

Even though they have their backs against the walls, West Indies coach Darren Sammy asserted their “spirits are not dampened”.

Brandon King, who suffered a side strain and was forced to retire hurt against England, remains a doubtful starter for the hosts. If he doesn’t recover, Shimron Hetmyer could take King’s place in the playing XI.

USA have been without skipper Monank Patel since their game against Pakistan.

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