US Cricket Team Loses to India After Late Penalty in T20 World Cup: Here's What Happens Next


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The United States men's national cricket team lost to world number one India on Wednesday in New York, hoping to advance to the second round of the T20 World Cup after the historic defeat of the team against reigning tournament finalists Pakistan earlier this week.

Highlights

The United States held a tight lead over India before losing by seven wickets, after a late five-run penalty against the United States for a delay allowed India to move ahead.

The United States must defeat Ireland on Friday in Florida to advance to the second round of the tournament, the Super 8, after the Irish lost to India and Canada in their opening two matches last week.

The United States must defeat Ireland on Friday in Florida to advance to the second round of the tournament, the Super 8, after the Irish lost to India and Canada in their opening two matches last week.

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Key context

This is the first time the United States has participated in a T20 World Cup, which began in 2007 with cricket's shortest format of the game. The United States and the West Indies are hosting this year's tournament, granting both teams automatic qualification. An overtime win over Pakistan, then the sixth-ranked cricket team, earlier this week and victories throughout April raised expectations for the United States, which ranks 17th among the 20 teams in the tournament.

Surprising fact

The United States became the first team to be penalized due to new clock rules implemented by the International Cricket Council in March, according to ESPN. The rules require that the defensive team be ready to start a new series of six throws within one minute of the end of the previous one. Referees will issue warnings for violations before assessing a five-point penalty for the third and each subsequent violation. When testing the new rule during a trial period in December, the ICC reportedly said no team had exceeded the one-minute limit on three occasions.

Further reading

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