United States of America vs South Africa: Preview and Prediction

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South Africa finished at the top of the Group D points table during the league round

Following the conclusion of the league round, the Super 8 stage of the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will kick-start with an encounter between the United States of America and South Africa. The two teams will clash against each other on Wednesday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua.

The USA and South Africa form a part of Group 2 in the Super 8 round alongside England and West Indies. South Africa would be high on confidence as they are yet to lose a fixture in the ongoing tournament courtesy of their bowlers having emerged as the game-changers.

Speaking of the United States of America, they managed to shock the who’s who of the cricket fraternity with their impressive performance in the league round. The relatively newer team has dished out some exceptional performance so far and would be hoping to continue their fine run. 

What has happened so far?

With four wins from as many league games, South Africa finished at the top of the Group D points table in the league round. They kick-started the tournament with a victory against Sri Lanka by six wickets and followed it up with two more wins against the Netherlands and Bangladesh by four wickets and four runs, respectively. 

Notably, the Proteas concluded the round with another smashing win over Nepal by one run. It was a thrilling encounter as South Africa faced a tough time while defending a score of 115 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Nepal almost made it to the winning side, but a stunning performance by Tabraiz Shamsi who picked four wickets helped Aiden Markram’s men continue the winning streak.

As far as the United States of America is concerned, they formed a part of Group A in the league stage and finished second in the points table after India with two wins, a loss, and an abandoned game. The USA defeated Canada and Pakistan in its first two games in a surprising turn of events. 

Their only loss in the tournament so far came against India by seven wickets while the team’s most recent encounter against Ireland was washed out because of harsh weather conditions in Florida. 

Head to Head Record

It would be the first time on Wednesday that the South African cricket team will take on the United States of America in a cricket match. Both the teams are fairly new to each other and thus it would be interesting to see which side takes up a lead in the head-to-head record.  

Key Players

Aaron Jones (United States of America): Aaron Jones has made the most impact for the United States of America with the bat in the tournament as he is one of the top run-scorers with a whopping 141 runs in just three matches at an astonishing average of 141. 

The 29-year-old’s best performance in the tournament came during USA’s opening match against Canada as he slammed not out 94 runs off just 40 balls. His knock included four boundaries and as many as ten maximums. The middle-order batter is expected to continue the carnage with the bat and help his team open their account in the Super 8 round. 

Anrich Nortje is the top performer for South Africa in the T20 World Cup 2024

Anrich Nortje (South Africa): South Africa has established itself as one of the best teams in the tournament so far as they are yet to lose a game and a lot of credit for the same goes to their bowling unit. While almost all the Proteas bowlers are in fine form, Anrich Nortje is the one leading in the records book. 

He is currently the second-highest wicket-taker after Afghanistan’s Fazalhaq Farooqi with nine wickets to his name from just four league matches at an average of 7.78 and an even better economy rate of 4.38. 

South Africa would be hoping for another sensational performance from the ace seamer on Wednesday as they have their eyes set on recording their fifth consecutive victory in the 2024 edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. 

Predicted XIs

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

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram ©, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ottneil Baartman, Tabraiz Shamsi


The United States of America has put up some amazing performances in the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to establish its footing in the competition. Despite their stellar form, South Africa will enter the Wednesday game as favorites. 

The Proteas have been in exceptional form in the tournament with four wins from as many matches and they also have a plethora of international experience as compared to their opponents.