The T20 World Cup match between Pakistan and the USA has sparked significant controversy, not just because of the surprising result but also due to allegations of ball-tampering. Pakistani fast bowler Haris Rauf had a challenging game, returning figures of 1/37 in his four overs. However, the spotlight shifted to USA’s Rusty Theron, a former South African international, who made serious claims about Rauf’s conduct during the match.

USA Bowler Raises Ball-Tampering Allegations Against Pakistan’s Haris Rauf

Rusty Theron, known for his 24 wickets in 18 T20Is, accused Haris Rauf of tampering with the ball using his thumbnail. Theron took to Twitter, tagging the ICC, and said, “Are we just going to pretend Pakistan aren’t scratching the hell out of this freshly changed ball? Reversing the ball that’s just been changed 2 overs ago? You can literally see Haris Rauf running his thumbnail over the ball at the top of his mark.”

Despite Theron’s allegations, there has been no official complaint filed by Team USA, and no concrete evidence has surfaced to support these claims. However, these comments might fuel further controversy in an already heated T20 World Cup co-hosted by the USA and the West Indies.

PAK vs USA: Match Recap

First Innings:

  • Pakistan’s Struggle: After opting to bat first, Pakistan was restricted to 159 runs by a disciplined USA bowling attack. Shadab Khan was the standout performer with the bat, scoring 40 off 25 balls, while skipper Babar Azam’s cautious 44 off 43 balls drew criticism.
  • USA’s Bowling: Rusty Theron and the USA bowlers were clinical, keeping the Pakistani batsmen under pressure throughout their innings.

Second Innings:

  • USA’s Chase: Monank Patel led the charge for the USA with a well-crafted 50 off 38 balls. His efforts, along with contributions from other batsmen, kept the hosts in the game.
  • Super Over Drama: In the super over, the USA batted first and scored 18 runs. Saurabh Netravalkar then successfully defended the target, restricting Pakistan to 13/1, securing a famous win for the USA.
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