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Aaron Jones Smashes 10 Sixes As US Defeats Canada By 7 Wickets In T20 World Cup Opener


Aaron Jones delivered an extraordinary display of power-hitting, scoring an unbeaten 94 from 40 balls to lead the U.S. team to a seven-wicket victory over historic rival Canada in the opening match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday.

Co-host the United States appeared under pressure when Canada set a formidable target of 194-5 and the U.S. lost a wicket on the second ball of its innings. To win, the U.S. needed to achieve its highest-ever run chase in a T20 international, surpassing its previous best of 169.

In the end, the U.S. reached the target with ease, clinching the win with 14 balls remaining when Jones hit his 10th six.

The Americans seemed in a desperate position when captain Monank Patel was out at 66-2 in the 7th over. At one point, the U.S. required more than 12 runs per over to surpass Canada’s total.

Jones, who had been out of form in recent matches and came into the game with a strike rate of 100, turned the match around. He hit the fastest T20 half-century for the U.S. from 22 balls, with six sixes, finishing with a career-best score and a strike rate of 235.

At least two of his shots carried over 100 meters (328 feet), which would have been home runs at Grand Prairie Stadium in its former life as a baseball stadium.

Jones’s superb innings shifted the pressure back onto Canada, particularly evident when Jeremy Gordon bowled the 14th over, which included wides and no balls, stretching to 11 balls and conceding 33 runs.

Jones shared a match-winning partnership of 131 runs for the third wicket with Andres Gous, who scored 65 from 46 balls with seven fours and three sixes. Gous, born in South Africa, was out just before the end, amid chants of “USA, USA” from the crowd.

Jones, born in Queens, New York but raised in Barbados, where he played top-level cricket, hit the second-most sixes in a T20 World Cup innings, surpassing his previous best T20 international score of 50.

U.S. captain Monank Patel felt confident they had the batters to chase down Canada’s total.

Earlier, Navneet Dhaliwal and Nicholas Kirton scored the first half-centuries of the World Cup, giving Canada a seemingly defensible total. India-born Dhaliwal scored 61 from 44 balls, giving Canada early momentum in a 43-run opening partnership with Aaron Johnson.

Barbados-born Kirton continued the momentum, striking 51 from 31 balls to surpass his previous best T20 international score of 37. Johnson added 23 from 16 balls, Shreyas Movva contributed 32 not out from 16, and Dilpreet Bajwa added a bright cameo of 11 from five balls.

The match provided a perfect opening to the world tournament. Grand Prairie Stadium was filled to its 7,000 capacity, showcasing an excellent example of T20 cricket, a game still unfamiliar to most Americans.

While cricket has not established deep roots in the United States, it has a long history. The U.S. and Canada played the first international cricket match in 1844 near Broadway, Manhattan, with Canada winning by 23 runs over three days.

The T20 World Cup features 20 teams, including cricket superpowers India, Australia, and England. The United States and Canada are drawn in Group A with India, Ireland, and Pakistan.

Tournament co-host West Indies begins its campaign on Sunday against Papua New Guinea in Guyana, while Oman plays Namibia in Barbados.

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