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USA’s players celebrate after winning the Group A game against Pakistan in a Super Over during the ICC Men's Twenty20 World Cup 2024 in Grand Prairie, Texas, on June 6, 2024. Image Credit: AFP file

The United States' T20 World Cup group match against Ireland in Lauderhill, Florida was washed out on Friday, ensuring the co-hosts' progress to the Super Eight knockout stage at the expense of former champions Pakistan.

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Unrelenting rain, which had put South Florida at risk of life-threatening flooding, resulted in a wet outfield when the teams arrived. Although the rain stopped in the morning, umpires called off the game when it returned after several inspections.

India top the group with six points while the U.S. are second with five points, which means third-placed Pakistan (two points) cannot finish in the top two even if they beat Ireland on Sunday in their final group game.

Only the top two teams from the four groups advance to the Super Eight. The U.S. beat Canada in the tournament opener before stunning Pakistan in a match that went to a Super Over.