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14-Jun-2024 17:48:00 GMT
USA v Ire - 30th Match, Group A, Lauderhill

USA reach Super 8s but Ireland eliminated after washout

The USA qualified for the Super 8s stage of the T20 World Cup after their match against Ireland in Florida was washed out.

There had been tropical storms and flooding in the morning and over the preceding days which caused a waterlogged outfield that did not dry in time.

The match was scheduled to start at 15:30 BST, with the cut-off time for a five-over match at 19:16 BST.

Sri Lanka v Nepal was also washed out at the same venue on Wednesday, and India are scheduled to take on Canada there on Saturday.

Co-hosts USA join India from their group in reaching the next round, which eliminates Ireland, Canada and Pakistan.

Australia, West Indies, Afghanistan and South Africa have also qualified from the other groups.

It is a remarkable achievement for a side ranked 18th in the world, playing in their first World Cup and who only played their first T20 international in 2019.

They beat Canada in a high-scoring thriller in the tournament opener, shocked Pakistan in a super over and then put in a spirited fight against cricketing giants India.

But it concludes a disappointing tournament for Ireland, who lost their two preceding group matches but have the chance of a consolation win against Pakistan on Sunday.

The Super 8s start on Tuesday 18 June with West Indies taking on Afghanistan.

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