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Revealed: Why USA were penalized 5 runs against India in ICC T20 World Cup 2024 clash

Published at :June 12, 2024 at 11:37 PM
Modified at :June 12, 2024 at 11:42 PM
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Jatin Khandelwal


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During the IND vs USA match in New York, the co-hosts were handed a penalty of five runs.

The Aaron Jones-led USA side was penalised five runs by the umpires during their match against India on Wednesday at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York. Those five penalty runs proved to be crucial.

In low-scoring games such as the ones taking place in New York in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024, every single run is vital and any extra given away could prove decisive. And USA were given a lesson in this when the umpire handed them a five-run punishment for violating the over-rate rule thrice.

India were chasing a target of 111. The chase was made tricky as the hosts took three wickets and contained the runs as well. After the 15-over mark, India were 76/3 and Jones’ side was alive in the contest.

However, ahead of the start of the 16th over, umpire Paul Reiffel signalled five penalty runs. So the equation for India came down from needing 35 runs in 30 balls to 30 runs in 30 balls. That sucked the energy out of the hopes of the USA players and soon Suryakumar Yadav and Shivam Dube raced to the target.

So why were the USA handed a five-run penalty against India?

USA were penalized by the on-field umpires for taking more than a minute to start a new over thrice during India’s innings.

According to the new between-overs stop clock rule made permanent by the ICC In T20Is since this tournament, the fielding team must be ready to start the next over within a minute of the previous one ending.

If they fail to do so, they will be allowed two warnings. On the third offence in the innings, a five-run penalty will be imposed.

USA captain Aaron Jones was livid with his players after the umpires penalised his side.

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