Sixteen teams will arrive in Australia for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, which starts on October 16. The eighth edition will feature 12 teams divided into two groups for the Super 12 stage. Before the Super 12 round, eight teams divided into two groups will play each other, and the top two teams from both groups will join the super 12 round.
India, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, England, Bangladesh, and South Africa have already qualified for the Super 12 stage based on their rankings. The 28-day event will see several mouth-watering and nail-biting encounters that will keep the fans on the edge of their seats. The article will highlight the five most-awaited matches of the tournament.
5. Pakistan vs South Africa
In a group B tie, Pakistan and South Africa will lock horns on November 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The match is scheduled toward the end of the group stage, and its result can impact the fate of other teams in the group. The two nations have faced each other thrice in the T20 World Cup, and on all occasions, the Asian giants have emerged victorious.
4. Australia vs New Zealand
Australia will kick off the Super 12 round in a repeat fixture of the 2021 T20 World Cup final. The Aussies will take on rival New Zealand on October 22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Aaron Finch-led side defeated New Zealand by eight wickets in the previous edition’s final and took the rivalry to a new level. It will be their 3rd outing at the T20 World Cup. So far, both New Zealand and Australia have won one match each.
3. Bangladesh vs India
India will face Bangladesh on November 2 at the Adelaide Oval. The two teams met in the mega event on three occasions, and the Men in Blue have maintained a winning streak against The Tigers. Shakib Al Hasan’s side had a disappointing run at the recently concluded Asia Cup. Given their worrying form, many are of the perception that India’s match against Bangladesh would be an easy one. But looking at the past matches, this tie is one of the most heated and intense games, and the upcoming one won’t be any different.
2. Australia vs England
Australia-England matches are guaranteed entertainers irrespective of the format. The two rival nations will lock horns on October 28 at the Melbourne Cricket ground. Australia won their maiden T20 World Cup last year but could have achieved it back in 2010, but England broke their hearts by defeating them in the finals by seven wickets. They again met in the group stage the previous year, and the Three Lions emerged victorious again. The defending champions would be looking to avenge their recent loss.
1. India vs Pakistan
Undoubtedly the biggest match in cricket, India, and Pakistan will face each other on October 23 at the Melbourne cricket ground. Both teams have competed with each other on six occasions at the World Cup. India won four matches, while Pakistan won their solitary game at the 2021 World Cup, registering their first World Cup win over India. Rohit Sharma and his men would be looking to avenge the 2021 World Cup defeat. In the 2007 T20 World Cup, India defeated the Men in Green in the final, which started a new rivalry in the T20Is. All the tickets for the match were sold out in less than 5 minutes.