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Shai Hope secured maiden fifty in 26 balls against United States

Shai Hope who was named as the replacement player for the injured Brandon King in the West Indies playing 11 made an impressive performance by securing 26 balls fifty against the United States at Barbados.

Notably, the fifty against the United States will be his first half-century of the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Ahead of the clash against the US, Cricket West Indies officially named Kyle Mayers as the replacement for the injured Brandon King but was expected to join the squad on Saturday. For today’s game against US, the Windies included Shai Hope in the place of Brandon.

As expected, Shai Hope made an exceptional knock in the powerplay and led his team towards an advanced position in the 128 runs chase game against US.

Shai Hope secured his half century in just 26 balls and pushed the team’s score to 67 at the end of 7 overs.

Speaking of the match, winning the toss, West Indies decided to bowl first where United States opening batters Steven Taylor and Andries Gous opened the inning. Steven Taylor who was at the striker’s end made a steady start by scoring just 2 runs in the first five balls he faced.

In the second over, Andre Russell dismissed Taylor for 2 runs and made an early breakthrough. With a wicket in the second over, United States gets under pressure to build a decent partnership in the powerplay. Nitish Kumar and Andries Gous started to build a partnership as expected.

The duo added 48 runs for the second wicket. Motie broke the partnership by dismissing Nitish Kumar for 20 runs in the seventh over. Following the dismissal, Andries Gous who scored 29 off 16 deliveries lost his wicket to Alzarri Joseph in the 8th over before creating an impact on the scoreboard.

After the United States top order batters failed to score the needed runs, the middle-order batters were expected to build a match saving partnership but West Indies bowlers strangled them by bagging quick wickets.

At the end of 16 overs, US scored 102 runs for 6 wickets loss and got no momentum before entering the final 4 overs. With a handy, 14 off 6 from Ali Khan, United States scored 128 runs for 10 wickets loss at the end of 19.5 overs.

West Indies kick-started their run chase in an aggressive style and scattered US bowlers all around the stadium. Shai Hope and Johnson Charles opened the inning for West Indies and scored 67 runs for the first wicket.

During the process, Shai Hope secured a 26 balls fifty and registered his maiden half-century of the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Harmeet Singh broke the partnership by dismissing Charles for 15 runs. Though the US got their first breakthrough, Hope continued his attacking style and carried the Windies to cross 100 runs mark within 10 overs. At the end of 10 overs, West Indies scored 110 runs for a wicket loss.

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