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New York Batter Pacery

After eight matches of the T20 World Cup 2024 at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York state, teams will finally take a breather – especially batsmen who will be hoping for a more conducive environment to showcase their skills.

Teams from Group A and Group D played matches here, with India and South Africa playing the most number of matches each, three each.

The drop-in pitches prepared in Adelaide, which were set up in Florida before being moved to New York, were not at all conducive for batsmen.

Despite some close finishes, pace-friendly wickets and indifferent bounce did not really set the stage for New York in terms of entertainment, with the average first innings score here being 108 and India’s chase of 111 against the USA being the highest successful chase. Looking at the overall numbers in T20 internationals, the New York stadium is the second-worst venue for batsmen in terms of scoring rate.

And the highest score recorded here, 137, is the lowest highest score among all venues that have hosted at least eight T20 internationals.

Only one practice match was played at Nassau County, India vs Bangladesh, and the signs looked promising. Despite early struggles for India, they managed to post a total of 182, indicating a competitive pitch. But as the tournament progressed, there seemed to be no respite for the batsmen, who were at the mercy of the pacers.

It started with Sri Lanka being bowled out for 77 and South Africa chasing down the target in 16.2 overs after a few interruptions. Ireland were bundled out for 96 by India, who reached the target in 12.2 overs, although Rohit Sharma’s side struggled initially. Canada and Ireland then went head-to-head and posted the highest collective team score of 262 in their match. The match came after the ICC issued a release admitting that the pitches were not up to standard.

The ICC release said. “The team at World Class Grounds have been working hard since the conclusion of yesterday’s game [India vs Ireland] to improve conditions and provide the best possible surface for the remaining matches.”

But there was no change in the tone of the matches hosted by New York after that. The Netherlands scored 103 and gave a tough fight to South Africa, who took 18.5 overs to reach the target. In the blockbuster encounter between India and Pakistan, Jasprit Bumrah successfully defended India’s 119 and then South Africa defended a total of 113. Canada scored 106 in the previous match against Pakistan, which Babar Azam’s side chased down in 17.3 overs. The previous match between hosts USA and India was no different from New York’s low-scoring theme, with India securing a hard-fought victory.

India’s second innings score of 111 was the joint second-lowest highest successful chase at a particular venue where at least five run-chases have taken place. This New York ground, which will be demolished very soon, ended with the second-lowest run-rate (minimum 5 run chase) in a run-chase.