T20 World Cup: United States off to perfect start with victory over Canada | cricket news

Aaron Jones led co-hosts USA to their biggest run chase and a seven-wicket win over Canada in the opening match of the T20 World Cup.

Half-centuries from Navneet Dhaliwal and Nicholas Kirton helped Canada set a target of 195 for the hosts for victory at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday.

After US openers Steven Taylor and Monank Patel fell quickly, Jones teamed up with Andries Gous to deliver a power-hitting clinic.

Jones hit 10 sixes en route to an unbeaten 94 off just 40 balls, while Gous added 65 to give the tournament co-hosts a perfect start.

Jones reacts after making the winning runs

The ninth edition of the T20 World Cup opened with a confrontation between two countries that in 1844 played the first international match. Canada won a low-scoring three-day game in New York that year by 23 runs.

Cricket had been a popular sport in the United States, particularly in Philadelphia, but was supplanted by baseball in the latter stages of the 19th century.

Now that T20 cricket, a format similar in duration to baseball games, is on the agenda for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, the International Cricket Council is hoping to attract a new and potentially lucrative audience by splitting the World Cup between the Caribbean and the United States.

The two-time champions West Indies open their campaign against Papua New Guinea in Georgetown on Sunday, live on Sky Sports from 3pm.

Watch every match of the Men’s T20 World Cup live on Sky Sports between June 2 and 29. England open against Scotland in Barbados on Tuesday (first ball 3.30pm) and Ireland play India in New York on Wednesday (also 3.30pm).

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