The ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 is less than 15 days away and it is time that we get done with our homework. So which matches have you laid your eyes on? Well, today, we will make your jobs easier and tell you about five high-octane matches that we'll witness in this World Cup.
1) India vs Pakistan (24th October 2021)
The father of all rivalries, India lock horns with Pakistan in a match that is influential to the world in so many ways. The last time India played Pakistan in an ICC tournament was in the 2019 Cricket World Cup where India beat Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method).
Since then the sides have been building up as to how to combat each other's strengths on the field. The match is set to be played in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
It will be the 16th match of the tournament and the fourth of the Super 12.
2) Pakistan vs New Zealand (26th October 2021)
The third and the fourth team in the ICC rankings in T20 will be facing each other in the 19th match of the World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
The result of India vs Pakistan will also be crucial in deciding Pakistan's approach for this game as the Kiwis play their first match of the T20 World Cup.
New Zealand also have a plethora of prospects, with some experience too and Kane Williamson's men could become the 'dark horses' for this T20 World Cup.
After losing back-to-back World Cup finals in 2015 and 2019, it is quite certain that the New Zealand team has to be taken seriously. Will the Kiwis start with a win?
3) England vs Australia (30th October 2021)
Two historic ICC teams will lock horns as they feature in the 26th match of the T20 World Cup, a Super 12 game from Group 1. The game will also be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
Considering the Ashes will be played in the next two after the World Cup, the battle between the two sides is anticipated to be fierce. While England look sorted in T20Is, Australia have been in some bizarre performances of late.
Know the England squad and the Australian squad here with in-depth analysis on each of them.
However, with several experienced stars returning to the 11, it will be intriguing to see how they turn up against the defending World Champions. England have a squad that will be waiting to give their everything on the pitch and they are one of the favorites to win the tournament too. Will the defending World Champions lay their hands on the T20 World Cup this time?
4) India vs New Zealand (31st October 2021)
Just a day after England and Australia face each other, we will have India locking horns with New Zealand, a team that still reminds them of their loss in the 2019 World Cup.
The last time India played New Zealand in T20s, New Zealand suffered a whitewash at home. This means that the Kiwis would already be wary of India's T20 experience and the high-profile players that they will have to deal with.
Know the New Zealand squad here with analysis of the team has been, the players to watch out and more.
5) Australia vs West Indies (6th November 2021)
Talking about horrific T20 losses, there will be bells ringing in the Australian dressing room as they play the defending T20 World Champions, West Indies. The match will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Despite the problems in the West Indies Cricket Board, West Indies have a squad that is robust and capable enough to outplay any side. Talk about bowlers, fielders, or batsmen, they have it all.
However, this time they face the premium Australian batsmen who are well-aware of how worse the match can get. The likes of Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, etc. will be set to face the defending T20 Champions, while West Indies would be content by themselves even if they just express themselves clearly, something they did in the last T20 World Cup.
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