Arch rivals IND and PAK square off today in first Super 10 stage tie

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By Team Posted on : 21 Mar 2014 03:22 pm

Updated: 7:00 pm 

MUMBAI: The ICC T-20 World Cup is underway in Bangladesh and is surely doing well to keep cricket fans across the globe hooked to their television sets.

The tourney is heading into its next phase as the teams narrow down to the Super 10; the home team - Bangladesh - has already progressed to the Super 10 stage after topping Group A in the first round, a group that also included Afghanistan, Nepal and Hong Kong. 

Bangladesh opened the tournament on 16 March with a nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan and beat Nepal by eight wickets before losing to Hong Kong by two wickets in its last match. With two wins from three matches, Bangladesh finished on four points with Nepal, but still progressed to the Super 10 stage owing to its superior net run rate. 

With the win it has joined defending ICC World Twenty20 champion West Indies, former champions India and Pakistan and Australia in Group 2 of the Super 10 stage. Group 2 matches will start at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur from today with arch rivals India and Pakistan battling it out. 

Meanwhile, the winner of Group B will be confirmed after the last first round match between Ireland and the Netherlands in Sylhet today. 

Netherlands beat Ireland by six wickets to proceed to the Super 10 stage. The Netherlands now joins Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and New Zealand in Group 1 of the Super 10 stage. Group 1 matches will start at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Saturday, 22 March. 

The Netherlands will play its opening Super 10 stage match against Sri Lanka on Monday, 24 March, while its remaining matches will be against South Africa on Thursday, 27 March, New Zealand on Saturday, 29 March and England on Monday, 31 March.

All eyes will be glued to the screens as India and Pakistan kick off the first tie of the Super 10 stage matches.

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