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Pakistan eye a hat-trick of wins, but in-form Afghanistan stand in their way
Pakistan eye a hat-trick of wins, but in-form Afghanistan stand in their way

Afghanistan, with their fabulous net run rate, will replace Pakistan at the top of Group 2 with a win here

Desperate West Indies and Bangladesh seek first win in Super 12s
Desperate West Indies and Bangladesh seek first win in Super 12s

Batting has let West Indies down in both matches, while Bangladesh will need an all-round show to post victory

Buoyant Sri Lanka a threat amid Australia's uncertain batting
Buoyant Sri Lanka a threat amid Australia's uncertain batting

Australia are likely to be unchanged but Maheesh Theekshana could return for Sri Lanka if fit

Namibia look for winning start to Super 12s against hurt Scotland
Namibia look for winning start to Super 12s against hurt Scotland

Namibia have the edge having beaten Scotland in both their most-recent outings this month

Bangladesh run into confident England in first T20I meeting between sides
Bangladesh run into confident England in first T20I meeting between sides

Bangladesh may bring back Taskin, while England may not yet risk playing Wood after a niggle made him miss out against West Indies

High-flying Pakistan set for versatile New Zealand
High-flying Pakistan set for versatile New Zealand

Pakistan will have to quickly adjust from the highs of their historic win

Batting in focus as West Indies and South Africa look to get back on track
Batting in focus as West Indies and South Africa look to get back on track

It's too early for either team to panic but whoever loses will be in a difficult position for the rest of the group stages

Afghanistan the favourites, but Scotland have momentum
Afghanistan the favourites, but Scotland have momentum

Both teams come into the Super 12s on the back of impressive performances

India strong favourites in traditional rivalry searching for spark
India strong favourites in traditional rivalry searching for spark

Pakistan will have to overcome an opposition with better personnel, and with their own prep having been hit

Inexperienced Sri Lanka banking on pace attack to topple Bangladesh
Inexperienced Sri Lanka banking on pace attack to topple Bangladesh

Bangladesh, however, have the more reliable middle order, even if it hasn't quite clicked as they would have liked so far

'Contenders' England must go all-in as ageing West Indian stalwarts look for one last hurrah
'Contenders' England must go all-in as ageing West Indian stalwarts look for one last hurrah

In a group that also has Australia, Bangladesh, South Africa and, possibly, Sri Lanka, both teams would like to get on the board as soon as possible

Spotlight on rusty Warner as Australia, SA kick off stacked Group 1
Spotlight on rusty Warner as Australia, SA kick off stacked Group 1

South Africa have won nine of their last 10 matches coming into the tournament, while Australia have lost their last four T20I series

Dead rubber against Netherlands provides Sri Lanka opportunity to solve top-order woes
Dead rubber against Netherlands provides Sri Lanka opportunity to solve top-order woes

Dinesh Chandimal's poor form might prompt Sri Lanka to bring in Charith Asalanka

Virtual knockout awaits Ireland and Namibia with Super 12s spot on the line
Virtual knockout awaits Ireland and Namibia with Super 12s spot on the line

Loser goes home in must-win clash for both sides, who have met only once before in a competitive fixture

It's a virtual knockout as Scotland take on Oman in last league game
It's a virtual knockout as Scotland take on Oman in last league game

Oman, Bangladesh and Scotland are bunched so closely together on NRR that nothing is certain till all the games get over

Bangladesh look to avoid PNG upset with Super 12s place at stake
Bangladesh look to avoid PNG upset with Super 12s place at stake

Inexperienced PNG will look to capitalise on Bangladesh's lack of run-scoring in the powerplay and at the death

Sri Lanka have much to be worried about as Ireland look to flex their muscles again
Sri Lanka have much to be worried about as Ireland look to flex their muscles again

Tricky challenge awaits the 2014 T20 World Cup champions against a side high on confidence

Namibia, Netherlands look for batting upturn to stay alive at T20 World Cup
Namibia, Netherlands look for batting upturn to stay alive at T20 World Cup

Namibia might stick with the XI that lost to Sri Lanka but Netherlands could bring in Stephan Myburgh and Timm van der Gugten

High-flying Scotland look to take another step towards Super 12s
High-flying Scotland look to take another step towards Super 12s

PNG, meanwhile, are a loss away from an early exit, less than 48 hours after their maiden T20 World Cup outing against Oman

Bangladesh bank on experience in must-win game against Oman
Bangladesh bank on experience in must-win game against Oman

Having failed to finish Scotland off after reducing them to 53 for 6, the Group B favourites must bring their A game against the hosts