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T20 World Cup: Shai Hope gives Windies hope with run-rate boost

USA lost their way from there as West Indies galloped to a net run rate-boosting eight-wicket victory which pushed them up to the second spot ahead of England in the Super Eights table

Our Bureau, PTI Bridgetown Published 23.06.24, 10:48 AM
West Indies’ Shai Hope in action during their match against the USA in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Friday.

West Indies’ Shai Hope in action during their match against the USA in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Friday. AP/PTI

Shai Hope smashed eight sixes on his way to an unbeaten 82 off 39 balls as West Indies made mincemeat of USA's total of 128 on Friday.

This came after Roston Chase and Andre Russell picked three wickets each to deny USA a competitive total after their steady start in the PowerPlay. USA lost their way from there as West Indies galloped to a net run rate-boosting eight-wicket victory which pushed them up to the second spot ahead of England in the Super Eights table.

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At the post-match news conference, Hope took an exception to this being called an innings out of character. The opener said it has always been about batting according to the situation.

"To be honest, it's just the situation, man," Hope said. "It's whatever is required. There's some games where the conditions may be challenging and you have to fight. You can't just go out there and try to smash every ball for six or four. Someone has to stick in and play along. I don't think people realise that.

"We understood what's at stake here. We know that in this situation run-rate could play a part. So, 105 strike-rate wasn't going to be the play today. So again, just playing the situation. That's the one thing that I pride myself on as a batsman, as a cricketer."

Brief scores: USA 128 in 19.5 (Andre Russell 3/31, Roston Chase 3/19). WI 130/1 in 10.5 (Shai Hope 82 not out). WI won by 9 wkts.

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