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World T20 2016: Top five blockbuster matches

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In this article, we look at top 5 blockbuster matches in this year’s World T20 edition.

Bangladesh vs Ireland: The today’s match between Ireland and Bangladesh will be delight to watch as a win here for Bangladesh will strengthen their chances to qualify for the next stage but a loss here may land them in a trouble. Whereas it’s a do or die contest for Ireland as they have to win this game at any cost to keep their hopes alive to qualify for the next round. From this group it was expected that Ireland and Bangladesh have a strong chance to qualify for the next stage but Oman boys out down a great show and stunned Ireland side in the last match and presented their case in the tournament.

India vs New Zealand: Indian team will kick off their World Cup campaign against the New Zealand side. This side is an important match for Indians keeping in mind the fact that Indian team have never ever defeated the kiwi side in T20 format. In all the matches played till now it was always the kiwis who had the last laugh. So it’s a tough task for Indians to get past New Zealand side. Kiwi side too will be looking to start their campaign on a high note. New Zealand side is well balanced with the presence of a mixture of experienced and young players who will test the Indians again. New Zealand team has never won T20 World Cup.

India vs Pakistan: This match will be the biggest hit of this year’s world Cup as fans and media have to wait for years to see a clash between the arch rivals. The match had already drawn media attention and controversies as the match have been shifted to Kolkata from Dharamshala citing security reasons. The political rivalry between two political parties led to this as HPCA president Anurag Thakur wanted HPCA to host the match at any cost but CM of Himachal Pradesh said that we cannot assure security to players. So a rivalry between these two parties saw the match being shifted to Eden Garden from HPCA. The contest will be delight to watch as both teams are waiting eagerly to put their hands on each other. The battle between Mohammad Amir and Virat Kohli will be interesting to see as both the players are in great form and drawing lot of attention due to this.

Australia vs New Zealand: This contest between the two neighboring counties will be another contest to look out for. The New Zealand players would be striving to defeat Australia side at the big stage. When the last time these two met each other at the big stage; Australian side easily defeated the kiwi side and clinched World Cup. So keeping that memory in mind the New Zealand players will give their best to defeat the Aussies.

Sri Lanka vs West Indies: The contest between the winners of 2012 World T20 the West Indies side who defeated the host Sri Lanka to clinch the Wold cup will be another delight to watch. West Indies team were able to upset the Lankans at their home and still the Lankans have those memories fresh in their mind. This will be an evenly poised contest as both teams are going through a rough patch and are struggling to find form. The team which will play better cricket will have the last say. Sri Lanka will be expecting for a big innings from experienced campaigner Dilshan where West Indies will hope for a quick fire innings from Gayle.

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