Top ten crucial matches at ICC T20 World Cup 2024

Top 10 crucial matches at ICC T20 World Cup 2024, INDIA VS PAKISTAN
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ICC T20 World Cup 2024: Starting on June 1, the United States and West Indies will host the world's 20 best teams in the biggest line-up in ICC global tournament history.

T20 World Cup 2024: With the schedule released, we take a look at the 10 matches that make up the definitive list of the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

USA v Canada, Dallas – June 1

As the neighbors go head-to-head on the world stage, it is worth noting that the United States vs Canada match is the oldest rivalry in international cricket, The pair played the first international cricket match in 1844, which is considered to be the first international cricket match. 33 years before England’s clash against Australia. For the record, Canada won a two-innings match at St. George’s Cricket Club in Manhattan by 23 runs.

In modern times, no love has been lost between the teams, which are in the spotlight with numerous bouts of fire and spice in both formats of the white ball. The United States played its part in denying ODI status to Canada in the World Cricket League 2 in 2019, While tensions have increased in recent meetings in the T20 format.

A Super Over was needed to separate the teams in their final T20I, In which the combination of Steven Taylor and Xavier Marshall’s 22 runs led the United States. Ali Khan averted the Canadian threat and stopped Navneet Dhaliwal and Dillon Heiliger for 14 in response.

England v Scotland, Barbados – June 4

People in the Scottish circle lament the lack of Anglo-Scottish meetings in international cricket, and it is fair to say that the people of the north will be included in the calendar.

And to make the match a little spicy, it was the Scots who surprised their opponents in the South in (The Grange) ODI in 2018.

England has been the yardstick in the T20I format over the last two years but lost to Ireland (on DLS) during their 2022 successful campaign.

Scotland has enjoyed moments of success in the recent T20 World Cup and has beaten Bangladesh and West Indies in their opening encounters in the last two tournaments, it has quickly tightened its grip.

Uganda vs PNG, Guyana – June 5

A team entering for the first time desperate to show their quality with a win for the first time, in a fairy tale race against the player entering for the second time. Either way, there will be a heartwarming story when the last ball is bowled in Guyana.

This match is interesting for those who keep an eye on the emerging game. Uganda comes from the stronghold of Associate talents in Eastern and Southern Africa, while PNG has changed its calendar to the East Asia-Pacific Qualifier, a triangular series with Malaysia and Hong Kong, as well as through tournaments and games in Northern Australia.

The PNG experience in the 2021 edition may give them a slight edge, however, by the time they meet at the Guyana National Stadium, the teams will have played one match each in the campaign.

Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Dallas – June 7

While both teams resemble each other in many formats, the unfamiliar area of the surface of the Grand Prairie cricket stadium adds intrigue to a meeting that could decide the second qualifier from Group D.

Sri Lanka claimed their most recent T20I meeting, a last-over win in Dubai in the 2022 Asia Cup, and when the teams met at the 2021 World Cup in Sharjah, they were winners by five wickets (with seven balls remaining).

Dallas’ surface is famous for boosting speed, left-arm orthodox, and leg spin is effective in negating the threat of short-range on the western side. Shakib Al Hasan and Wanindu Hasaranga are probably the key players for this match.

England v Australia, Barbados – June 8

Despite the format being a blockbuster, the teams meet at Barbados’ Kensington Oval in the same venue where England claimed victory over their traditional rivals in the 2010 tournament.

Fast forward 13 years and the bitterness continues to grow. 2021 T20 World Cup champions Australia will meet the squad to claim 2022 honors, and Jos Buttler’s men will be desperate to retain their crown after a disappointing performance in the 2023 Cricket World Cup in terms of ODIs.

England have enjoyed a fruitful December tour of the West Indies during their preparation, where he has scored 267/3 and 226/3 in back-to-back T20I innings to underline his credentials.

South Africa vs Netherlands, New York – June 8

As a bogey team from South Africa in recent tournaments, the match will be a physical as well as a mental battle over 22 yards.

South Africa was shocked by the Dutch in Adelaide in the 2022 edition, and in the long format of Cricket World Cup 2023, a strong Dutch counter-action with the bat and a strong powerplay display with the ball led to their 38-run win.

Taking players from one or two out of the teams should be similar to the XIs that beat each other in Australia, and South Africa will experience the New York surface due to the opening game at the same venue.

India vs Pakistan, New York – June 9

A clear inclusion, given the rivalry between the teams, the pair have also created history in the recent T20 World Cup, the latest chapter in Australia is one of the greatest matches in the tournament’s history.

India won the thrilling match on the last ball in front of a packed crowd at the MCG, however, Pakistan also did well recently in the 2021 edition in the UAE by defeating India in a 10-wicket win.

An additional highlight in this chapter will be the sports backdrop of the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, which is the fifth game at the venue.

West Indies vs New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago – June 12

In the final match of the West Indies’ group-stage attempt, the match between these two can decide the fate of the co-host tournament. A win will likely advance their campaign, or knock them out early.

Conversely, it may be necessary for the Black Caps to win the match, if they lose to Afghanistan first in the competition. New Zealand has won nine of the last 11 T20Is between teams, without any consequence.

There is an atmosphere of excitement in the West Indies after the recent encouraging performance, however, the assessment of their current generation may depend on this stability.

Bangladesh vs Nepal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – June 16

This match is not only an excellent opportunity to test yourself on a regional opponent, it is also a rematch of a meeting at the T20 World Cup in 2014. Bangladesh claimed an easy win by eight wickets, however, the gap between the teams has narrowed. Recent years.

While there is a great chance for a young and exciting Nepalese group to surprise a relative veteran,
Sompal Kami, the only member of the current Nepalese squad to play in the 2014 fixture, has a potential full-cycle moment.

Ireland vs Pakistan, Lauderhill – June 16

Ireland has a history of beating Pakistan in ICC events, especially their victory in the 50-over World Cup on St. Patrick’s Day in 2007.

Pakistan could get relief from meeting the Irish in Florida, not in Kingston where they were 16 years ago, although Ireland has enjoyed the Lauderhill location, and won both their T20I matches here in the series against the United States in December 2021.

This match is the last match of the group for both teams, those who may need a win to ensure progress.

Also Read – ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Schedule Announced, Mark the date June 9 for IND vs PAK Rivalry

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