New Delhi [India], October 23 (ANI): After 12 games in the first round, four teams advanced to the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Now is the time for the actual action to begin.
Sri Lanka and Namibia have qualified for Group A, while Scotland and Bangladesh have entered the next stage from Group B. Namibia and Scotland honked India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan, while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh formed groups featuring England and the West. India, Australia and South Africa are even tougher.
The Super 12 stage begins late Saturday, with South Africa and Australia rocking the horn at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Later that day, England will face the West Indies in Dubai.
The most promising encounter at the Super 12 stage will take place on Sunday between rivals India and Pakistan. Two years later, these two teams will fight in the cricket field after their last play in the ICC Men’s 50 Overworld Cup in 2019.
Skipper Virat Kohli has made this tournament unique in the last two editions and has been selected as a tournament player in both times. With an average of over 50 in this format, Indian skippers will be at the top of opposition plans each time they take on Men in Blue. If he goes, the already impressive Indian team will want to go forever this time.
Meanwhile, Pakistani captain Babar Azam, along with other experienced campaign participants Mohammad Huffy’s and Mohammad Lizwan, will be responsible for winning most of the run. He needs to bring his A game in terms of field tactics while maneuvering the bowler. Currently ranked second in the batter’s T20I ranking, Babar boasts a very impressive record in the shortest format of the game.
The Super 12 stage is a Group 1 contest between Australia and South Africa, starting in Abu Dhabi. This is followed by a clash between England and the West Indies in Dubai.
After that, first round qualifiers Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will launch the Super 12 campaign in Sharjah on Sunday. Group 2 begins with a fierce clash between India and Pakistan on Sunday in Dubai, where Pakistan will face New Zealand in Sharjah on October 26, making a tough start for the 2009 champions. Afghanistan will launch a campaign in Sharjah on October 25th against Scotland, the winner of Group B in the first round.
Group 1 concludes on November 6 with a match between Australia and the West Indies in Abu Dhabi and England and South Africa in Sharjah. Group 2 will end on November 8th and India will take over Namibia.
Winning a Super 12 stage match will give the team 2 points. If the game draws, has no results, or is abandoned, both teams will each score 1 point. (ANI)
Blue man focusing when high-intensity action begins on Super 12 stage (preview)
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