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T20 cricket World Cup: U.S. reaches Super 8 after washout in Florida

By Ehren Wynder
With a strong start to its first T20 World Cup, the United States only needed one more point to advance to the Super 8. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
With a strong start to its first T20 World Cup, the United States only needed one more point to advance to the Super 8. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

June 14 (UPI) -- Due to a washout, the upstart United States cricket team on Friday advanced to the next stage of the T20 without bowling a ball against Ireland.

Tropical storms and flooding over the morning in Lauderhill resulted in a waterlogged outfield. Despite the ground crew's best efforts, the match was canceled, granting both teams five points as a result.

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The washout catapulted the United States into the Super 8 stage of the tournament, which is a bold step for a team competing in its first ever T20 World Cup.

The U.S. team entered its first world cup strong, snatching victories first against Canada and then quashing cricket titan Pakistan in a super over before narrowly losing to Pakistan's rival India.

With such a strong start, the United States only needed one more point to qualify for the Super Eight stage coming just behind India.

The United States' advancement to the Super 8 also qualified it for the 2026 T20 World Cup.

Friday's washout, however, bumped Ireland, Pakistan and Canada from advancing.

Ireland has a chance for a consolation win against Pakistan on Sunday, but the team has had a rough go of it since losing both of its previous matches against India and Canada.

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The Super 8s start on June 19 in Antigua, where the United States will face off against South Africa.

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