Preview: Pakistan vs USA in T20 World Cup: Form, Head-to-Head, Team News | ICC Men’s T20 World Cup News

WHO: Pakistan vs United States
That: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Group A Match
When: Thursday June 6, 10:30 am local time (15:30 GMT)
Where: Grand Prairie Stadium, Dallas, USA
How to follow: Al Jazeera live text coverage from 12:30 GMT

The United States will look to build on the momentum from their victory in the opening match of the T20 World Cup when they face an out-of-form Pakistan team in their Group A match in Dallas.

The co-hosts recorded a seven-wicket victory over neighbors Canada, thanks to a belligerent knock from Aaron Jones, and United States captain Monank Patel believes his team can cause an early surprise in the tournament by beating Pakistan on Thursday .

“It’s T20 (cricket), once we get a good 30-40 minutes on the field, we can take the game away (from Pakistan),” Patel told reporters in his pre-match press conference.

“We have a vision of qualifying for the Super Eight (stage) and we want to focus on one game at a time,” he said.

The US team is made up of a mix of players, most of whom are of South Asian descent. Jones, their hero in the first match, grew up in the Caribbean and they also have players who started their careers in South Africa and New Zealand.

Patel insists it’s “good to have diversity” on his side, but said everyone comes together when making plans for the United States.

The United States will be wary of the challenge posed by the 2009 champions, especially their captain and star batsman Babar Azam.

“Babar is a great batsman in all formats (cricket), so his wicket will be really important,” admitted Patel.

The United States’ strength lies in its experienced batting lineup, but Patel said his team will face a tough challenge from Pakistan’s fast attack, especially Mohammad Amir, who they will have to “tackle well.”

Amir, who returns to Pakistan’s World Cup team after four years, said he wants to “contribute” to regular seamers Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah.

“I have returned to a great dressing room and we have very clear plans for each player,” Amir said at Wednesday’s press conference.

The 32-year-old, who was part of Pakistan’s title-winning team in 2009, said the team has overcome its recent loss in the T20 series against England and is ready to start the tournament with a win.

“In the World Cups there is no margin for error, that’s why we are mentally and physically prepared to win.”

Field and weather conditions.

The opening game of the tournament was played in Dallas and both teams were able to score in the 190s, which will be a good sign for fans who were left worried after the low-scoring games in New York.

The weather forecast is clear and sunny for the day’s game at Grand Prairie Stadium.

Head to head

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in any format of cricket.

Shape

Pakistan have had a mixed run heading into the tournament, winning one T20 series in Ireland but losing another against England last month.

The United States will be full of confidence coming into the match with a win in the bag and a 2-1 series win over Bangladesh last month.

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pakistan team news

Pakistan will have to accept the decision to drop the experienced Shadab Khan to accommodate a four-man seam attack. They could also drop out-of-form wicketkeeper Azam Khan for top-order batsman Saim Ayub.

Equipment: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Saim Ayub, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Azam Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Abbas Afridi, Haris Rauf, Abrar Ahmed

team usa news

The United States are unlikely to change the lineup that gave them their first World Cup victory against Canada.

Equipment: Monak Patel (captain), Shayan Jahangir, Andries Gous, Nitish Kumar, Steven Taylor, Harmeet Singh, Corey Anderson, Milind Kumar, Nisarg Patel, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Ali Khan, Jessy Singh, Saurabh Netravalkar, Nosthush Kenjige

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