South Africa vs USA, T20 World Cup 2024: SA vs USA pitch report, head-to-head, playing 11 predictions

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South Africa Aiming to Shake Off Struggles Against Free-Spirited USA in T20 World Cup Super 8s.

South Africa vs USA T20 World Cup

South Africa, despite an undefeated group stage run, is looking to leave their woes on unhelpful New York pitches behind. Their power-hitters struggled on slow surfaces, with a nerve-wracking one-run win against Nepal at the low point. Even victories against Netherlands and Bangladesh came after early batting collapses. This is a familiar story for South Africa in World Cups, having only reached the semifinals twice in eight previous attempts.

T20 World Cup Super 8s schedule

The USA, on the other hand, is playing with house money. Nobody expected them to reach the Super 8s, and they’ll be soaking up every moment as a valuable experience. Their bowling hero, Saurabh Netravalkar, has delayed his return to his tech job to keep his World Cup dream alive. His swing bowling could pose a serious threat to South Africa’s openers. The USA’s batsmen, like Aaron Jones and Monank Patel, will also relish the chance to showcase their skills on better batting pitches in Antigua. However, they’ll need to adjust from facing fiery pace attacks like Pakistan’s and India’s to the likes of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada.

Pitch Report Favors Batsmen, But Early Wickets Still Key

The pitches in Antigua are a stark contrast to those in the USA leg. Teams batting second have dominated here, with three wins out of four. This might tempt captains to bowl first and utilize any morning moisture on the pitch.

First Meeting Between South Africa and the USA

This is a historic moment for the USA. After facing giants like Pakistan and India, they now get to test themselves against another cricket powerhouse.

Both Teams Announce Strong Squads

South Africa boasts a formidable batting lineup with Quinton de Kock and David Miller, while Kagiso Rabada leads a potent bowling attack. The USA counters with experience in Monank Patel and young talent like Aaron Jones.

SA: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram (c), Tristan Stubbs, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Ottneil Baartman, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Gerald Coetzee, Bjorn Fortuin, Ryan Rickelton

USA: Steven Taylor, Monank Patel (c), Andries Gous (wk), Nitish Kumar, Aaron Jones, Corey Anderson, Harmeet Singh, Nosthush Kenjige, Jasdeep Singh, Saurabh Netravalkar, Ali Khan, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Shayan Jahangir, Milind Kumar, Nisarg Patel.

Tune In for the Action for SA vs USA!

The match starts at 8:00 PM IST with the toss happening at 7:30 PM. Catch the live telecast on Star Sports Network or stream it on Disney+ Hotstar.

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