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West Indies beat USA by nine wickets in T20 World Cup


West Indies’ Shai Hope hits a six leading to his team's victory against USA at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Friday. AFP

Shai Hope struck a magnificent 82 from 39 balls as West Indies crushed the USA on Friday, winning their T20 World Cup Super Eights encounter by nine wickets and with 9.1 overs to spare.

The Caribbean side bowled out the USA for 128 in the clash of the tournament co-hosts and then rattled off the target in 10.5 overs with Hope smashing eight sixes.

Hope was added to the West Indies’ lineup for Friday’s match as an injury replacement for Brandon King who was ruled out with a side strain.

The United States began well and despite the loss of Steven Taylor in the second over, reached a healthy 48-1 after the six-over power play. But from then on regular wicket falls prevented them gaining momentum.

United States' bowler Harmeet Singh reacts during the match against West Indies on Friday. AP

Chase, especially, put brakes on the scoring. He bowled captain Aaron Jones for 11 in the 10th over, then removed Corey Anderson and Harmeet Singh with consecutive balls in the 14th over.

Hope powered the West Indies run chase, hitting 42 from 23 balls in the power play after which the West Indies were 58 without loss.

"A tough night for the boys,” Jones said. "Against the West Indies we needed a target of 175 or 180 and obviously we didn’t get that."


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