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Historic Cricket Things Are Going Down in Grand Prairie

The United States upset global power Pakistan in the T-20 World Cup. It’s a very big deal!
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U-S-A! U-S-A!

If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you’re aware that we’ve become cricket-pilled over the past year. So it goes when Grand Prairie has become the epicenter of the world’s second-most popular sport and its attempt to conquer America.

But as impressive as Major League Cricket was in its debut season last summer, that only set the table for what kicked off—er, bowled off?—last weekend: the T-20 World Cup, otherwise known as the biggest cricket competition on Earth. North Texas is one of three American sites hosting matches, and as Kunwar Khuldune Shahid wrote last week, it could bolster the sport’s presence domestically better than any franchised league could hope to.

That hope burns brighter than ever after a moment like yesterday, when the United States upset Pakistan in Grand Prairie Stadium. For the uninitiated, Pakistan is cricket royalty, routinely vying with subcontinental rival India for dominance of the sport. The Americans? Uh, way less so. This is the United States’ first appearance in the competition. And yet, when both teams had completed their allotment of overs, the score was level. Enter the “super over”—cricket overtime—where the United States pulled away in no small part due to the heroics of Saurabh Netravalkar, an Oracle engineer by day. The Americans have now won both of their opening matches, which means all they need is one win over India (extremely unlikely) or Ireland (much more doable) to advance to the quarter-finals.

Big things could be happening for American cricket, in other words. But even if the United States doesn’t advance, they’ve already won by creating a cricket moment that will be remembered for a long, long time. Think of yesterday’s five-run victory as something like the Miracle on Ice of cricket. And every time the highlights get played, Grand Prairie will forever be the setting. Pretty cool!

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Mike Piellucci is D Magazine's sports editor. He is a former staffer at The Athletic and VICE, and his freelance…
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