United States of America vs Pakistan: Preview and Prediction

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USA and Pakistan will go at loggerheads for the first time in T20I history

Match 11 of the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup will take place between co-hosts, the United States of America and the 2009 T20 World Cup winners, Pakistan, at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas on Thursday at 9 PM IST.

The USA kicked off the 2024 edition of the T20 World Cup with a bang as they defeated their storied rivals Canada by 7 wickets as the run-chase was completed with 14 balls to spare. On the other hand, Pakistan would be also be hoping to kickstart their 2024 ICC T20 World Cup campaign with a win on Thursday before the Men in Green face arch-rivals India on Sunday.

What has happened so far?

The USA hosted Bangladesh for a three-match T20I series, and the hosts performed brilliantly and won the series 2-1.

The Monank Patel-led side continued their great momentum in the first game of the 2024 T20 World Cup and chased down the third-highest target in the history of the Men’s T20 World Cup defeating Canada in the tournament opener.

On the other hand, the Pakistan team recently toured England for a four-match T20I series before coming into this World Cup. In which the hosts convincingly won the series by 2-0 with the other two games getting washed out. The Babar Azam-led side failed miserably to perform with the bat in the series while Haris Rauf was the leading wicket-taker of the series.

Head to Head Record

Pakistan and the United States of America have not yet played a T20 international match and it would be interesting to see the two nations battling each other for the first time.

Key Players

Aaron Jones scored the fastest half-century for the USA in T20Is

Aaron Jones (United States of America): Aaron Jones is the core of the USA batting lineup and the New Yorker will be crucial to the success of the United States in the forthcoming 2024 ICC T20 World Cup.

In their first game of the World Cup against Canada, Aaron played a spectacular unbeaten innings of 94 runs off 40 balls and chased down the huge target of 195 runs helping USA script their highest-ever run-chase in T20Is and that too with 14 balls to spare.

Babar Azam (Pakistan): The Pakistani captain has been through a difficult time lately. It started with Pakistan’s poor performance in the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup when they were eliminated early from the league stage after winning only four of their nine matches.

Babar Azam has been a constant force at the top of Pakistan’s batting lineup, amassing 4023 runs at an amazing average of 41.05 and a strike rate of 130.15 in 119 T20I matches. 

Although Babar’s strike rate continues to draw criticism, his steady presence at the wicket has frequently created a base for Pakistan’s recent victories, highlighting his significance to the team’s results.

Predicted XIs

United States of America: Steven Taylor, Monank Patel ©  (wk), Andries Gous, Aaron Jones, Nitish Kumar, Corey Anderson, Harmeet Singh, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Jasdeep Singh, Ali Khan, Saurabh Netravalkar

Pakistan: Babar Azam ©, Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir


The Azam-led side recently lost a T20I series against England, and they will be looking to turn things around and kick off their 2024 T20 World Cup campaign on a positive note. 

On the other hand, the USA beat Canada in their first game to register a famous victory, and they would be high on confidence and looking to continue their winning momentum.