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First Time Ever: USA penalized with stop-clock penalty in T20 World Cup clash against India

First Time Ever: USA penalized with stop-clock penalty in T20 World Cup clash against India

The USA's penalty serves as a reminder for all teams to adapt to the new stop-clock rule.

The USA cricket team found themselves on the wrong side of history during their T20 World Cup match against India. They were hit with the first-ever five-run penalty for exceeding the new time limit for starting overs.

What is Stop-Clock penalty

Just this June, the ICC introduced a new regulation to enforce faster play in T20Is and ODIs. The rule utilizes a stop-clock to monitor the time between overs.

If the fielding team fails to be ready to bowl within 60 seconds after the previous over ends, a five-run penalty kicks in for the third such offense in an innings.

India vs USA: Penalty at crucial moment

This new rule came into play during a critical juncture in the India-USA match. Chasing a target of 146, India needed 35 runs from 30 balls with 4 wickets remaining.

However, the five-run penalty courtesy of USA’s slow over rate reduced the equation to a more manageable 30 runs from 30 balls. India eventually went on to win the match by seven wickets with ten balls to spare.

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Learning curve for USA Team

While the penalty came at a crucial time, USA coach Stuart Law acknowledged it wasn’t the sole reason for the loss. He highlighted that his young team is still learning the intricacies of the game, including recently implemented rules like the stop-clock.

Law admitted that the players received warnings from the umpires twice before the penalty was imposed.

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Stuart Law backs rule despite penalty

Despite the impact on the game, Law didn’t criticize the ICC’s attempt to quicken the pace of play. He believes there’s a need to maintain a healthy match duration and that the ICC has the authority to regulate such matters.

While some may argue that such measures could affect the quality of cricket, Law views it as a positive step to keep the game moving and maintain pressure on the opposing team.

Learning Experience for all Teams in T20 WC

The USA’s penalty serves as a reminder for all teams to adapt to the new stop-clock rule. This incident highlights the importance of efficient over changes and time management for fielding teams to avoid such penalties in the future.

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