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T20 World Cup 2024: USA vs India Best Bets

USA and India square off for the first time ever in a crucial Group A game on Wednesday at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in East Meadow, New York.

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USA and India square off for the first time ever in a crucial Group A game on Wednesday at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in East Meadow, New York. Both teams will be looking for their third win of the tournament and take a step closer to qualifying for the next round. Let’s look at the best bets to take for this game.

Venue: Nassau County International Cricket Stadium

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The USA faces a new challenge on this tricky wicket as they head 1,500 miles from Dallas, buoyed by two wins. Their T20 World Cup debut has been remarkable, turning a near-certain loss into a seven-wicket victory against Canada, and then stunning the cricket world by defeating Pakistan, the 2022 T20WC runners-up, in a Super Over.

Now, they face their toughest test yet against top-ranked India. To pull off another shock, they’ll need standout performances from players like Aaron Jones, who has amassed 130 runs at a strike rate of 197, and Saurabh Netravalkar, who has been impressive with an economy rate of 5.66.

India, keen to avoid their first T20I defeat to an associate nation, must stay focused. Despite some struggles from key batters on this ground, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant have shown form, making them crucial for India’s hopes to continue their winning streak. With a bowler-friendly pitch offering a slim chance for an upset, the USA must bring their A-game to challenge India, who seek to extend their winning run to 15 out of their last 17 T20Is.

The United States have hit power and some skillful bowlers but, without being too blunt about it, India are India. They were not convincing against Pakistan but have an array of world-class stars which means they should have too much for the US team.

Players to Watch: USA’s pace bowler Ali Khan is unlikely to be overawed by the prospect of taking on India as he spent part of the 2020 IPL season with Kolkata Knight Riders alongside his experience in the PSL and the CPL. Although he didn’t make an appearance for KKR, he comes into this game with a bowling strike rate of 13.8 balls per wicket from his three games against Bangladesh and Pakistan across the last month.

Recognised as one of the top all-format bowlers in world cricket, Jasprit Bumrah has bordered on unplayable during his seven overs at this venue where he is averaging a wicket every 8.4 balls whilst conceding just 2.85 runs per over. It’s not just in New York – across his last six T20WC appearances, he has combined figures of 12/93 from 22.4 overs.

Prediction: India to win at 1.06.

Key Stats

Before the Canada vs Pakistan game, victories at this venue were evenly shared 3-3 by the teams fielding and batting first.

The average T20I powerplay score at this venue before that game was just 30.

USA have won eight of their last nine T20Is including two wins over Bangladesh and the Super Over triumph against Pakistan.

Arshdeep Singh in the USA: ten wickets from 19.1 overs at 8.03rpo.

All three of Monank Patel’s T20I half-centuries were recorded in 2024.

Best Bets

Best Bet: Fall of 1st wicket to be under 20.5 at 1.86.

Value Bet: Arshdeep Singh to be India’s top bowler at 4.35.

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