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Rohit Sharma’s Big Quilified After Super 8 Qualification

India skipper Rohit Sharma on Wednesday admitted that it was not easy to play on the newly laid double-pace drop-in pitch at the Nassau County Ground and the team had to hang on till the end to win all three of their matches in the ongoing T20 World Cup. India scored 111/3 in the highest successful chase at the venue when they scored 110/8 in reply to USA’s 110/8 after Arshdeep Singh (4/9), Suryakumar Yadav (50 not out) and Shivam Dube (31) played key roles. Credit goes to us for the way we kept our composure and built partnerships.

Credit goes to Surya and Dube for showing maturity and getting us the win,” Rohit said after the match. The skipper was more relieved than happy that they crossed the first hurdle in the global meet. “We will take a lot of confidence from these wins,” he said.

The Indian skipper praised all three key players and lauded Suryakumar for taking an aggressive approach to chase down the target.

He said, “He (Suryakumar) showed that his game is different, that is what is expected from experienced players. Credit goes to him for the way he took the game forward today and got us the win.” “We knew the bowlers had to take the lead as it was difficult to score runs.

All the bowlers did their job, especially Arshdeep,” Rohit said after India reached the Super Eight. Rohit said that since the fast bowlers were expected to dominate, the team decided to give Dubey a chance as well. “You need options and we should be able to use them whenever possible. Today the pitch was fast bowler-friendly, so we wanted to use that,” he said. Talking about the USA cricketers, Rohit said, “Many of these players have played cricket together, it was a pleasure to see their progress. Saw them in the MLC last year as well, they are all hard-working players.”

Arshdeep, who has the best T20I figures for India, said he wanted to make full use of the seam-friendly surface. The team always shows faith in me and supports me, I had to perform well for them.” He added, “The wicket is very favorable for fast bowlers and it is helping us to get some seam movement. The plan was simple, pitch the ball into the wicket and let the ball speak. “The plan was to hit the hard length. In such conditions, you can use the wicket more.” Meanwhile, USA’s acting captain Aaron Jones felt his team was competitive but fell a few runs short. “(We) fell 10-15 runs short.

If we would have got 130 it would have been a tough score, sometimes that’s how it is. The boys were very disciplined, really proud of the bowling unit,” he added. “(It) feels good, that’s what we wanted for USA cricket, enjoying it.

We will now re-align, have some meetings and come back stronger,” he said. Listen to the latest songs , only on JioSaavn.com Jones said USA’s regular captain Monank Patel would be fit in time for their last match against Ireland. “Mostly he will be fit for the last game, he just had a little niggle,” Jones said.