T20 Cricket World Cup: USA advances to Super 8s after match vs. Ireland abandoned due to weather

The Americans are now guaranteed to qualify for the 2026 World Cup

LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA - JUNE 14: Harmeet Singh, Nitish Kumar and Shadley Van Schalkwyk of the USA pose for a photo prior to the ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup West Indies & USA 2024 match between USA and Ireland at Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium on June 14, 2024 in Lauderhill, Florida. (Photo by Matt Roberts-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

The United States has advanced to the Super 8s of the T20 Cricket World Cup, thanks to some help from Mother Nature.

Officials called off Friday's match between the U.S. and Ireland in Lauderhill, Florida, due to an unplayable pitch following multiple delays and finally, a thunderstorm. That decision means the Americans earned a valuable point and will advance out of Group A on 5 points.

Severe storms battered South Florida this week, causing a state of emergency to be declared after over two feet of rain hit Broward, Collier, Lee, Miami-Dade and Sarasota counties.

The result also knocks Pakistan out of the competition. Pakistan needed a U.S. loss coupled with a victory over Ireland in their final match on Sunday in order to have a shot to move on.

The U.S. will now face South Africa (Wednesday, North Sound, Antigua), West Indies (next Friday, Bridgetown, Barbados) and Scotland or England (June 23, Bridgetown, Barbados) in the second round. The top two teams from that group will advance to semifinals.

It has already been a historic first World Cup for the U.S., having won two games, including a massive upset over Pakistan last week. Despite the loss to group leader India on Wednesday, the Americans were helped by the struggles of Pakistan, Canada and Ireland.

By advancing to the Super 8s, this guarantees the U.S. will qualify for the 2026 T20 World Cup, which will be hosted by Sri Lanka and India.

*India 3-0 (6 points)
*USA 2-1-1 (5 pts.)
Pakistan 1-2 (2 pts.)
Canada 1-2 (2 pts.)
Ireland 0-2-1 (1 pt.)

*qualified for Super 8s