India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand all got their World Twenty20 campaigns off to winning starts with wins over Pakistan, South Africa and England respectively as the Super 10 stage got under way in Bangladesh.
The opening game of the second stage of the competition saw fierce rivals India and Pakistan face each other on Friday after the Netherlands and hosts Bangladesh had confirmed their qualification from the preliminary groups.
Inida prevailed by seven wickets in Dhaka chasing the 130 runs set by Pakistan in a comfortable win.
Sri Lanka's victory over South Africa was a much tighter affair in Chittagong.
Scores from Kusal Perera and Angelo Mathews saw Sri Lanka to 165-7 and the South Africans pulled up just five runs short from their 20 overs.
A rain-affected evening match between England and New Zealand saw the Kiwis prevail by nine runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
England set a respectable target of 172 but when rain came just 5.2 overs into the New Zealand innings they were 52-1, ahead of England on D/L.
With the game eventually abandoned, it was New Zealand who claimed the winning start.
Read on for the current group standings and a look at the best of the batting and bowling from the first three games of the Super 10 stage.
Super 10 Group Tables
It was the Sri Lankan batting performance that produced the star turns in the opening matches of the Super 10 stage.
Perera scored a 40-ball 61 which included four fours and three maximums and got Sri Lanka the start they needed to go on to win the game.
Pakistani openers can learn a thing or two from Kusal Perera http://t.co/oLuN4V6Mah— PakPassion.net (@PakPassion) March 22, 2014
He was suitably backed up by Mathews, who made a 32-ball 43 coming in at No. 5 and took his side to a respectable score as the likes of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara failed with the bat.
In England's performance, after losing Alex Hales to the third ball of the innings, Michael Lumb and Moeen Ali rallied admirably to prevent the type of collapse that have been an English scourge recently.
Their partnership was worth 72 for the second wicket, with Ali scoring 36 off 23 balls and Lumb 33 off 24.
World Twenty20: Moeen Ali, Michael Lumb guide England to 172/6 against New Zealand http://t.co/eIMO92reDu— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) March 22, 2014
Unfortunately they were to be undone by rain and the Duckworth/Lewis method later on but their contribution will make England confident they can score the fast early runs which can be so valuable in T20 cricket.
Again it was Sri Lanka's game with Pakistan which produced the best of the Super 10 bowling so far with Imran Tahir standing out with figures of 3-26 off his four overs.
His tricky bowling really tied up the Sri Lankan batsmen who had been free-flowing against the rest of the South Africa attack.
He claimed the wickets of Perera and Sangakkara as well as having Dinesh Chandimal stumped.
Sr Lanka's bowling as a team was impressive and was eventually what gave them the win as South Africa just could not score fast enough.
Fifteen needed from Malinga's last. Tough ask— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) March 22, 2014
They have the world's best death bowler in Lasith Malinga, who took 1-29, and he was well-supported on this occasion by the impressive Sachithra Senanayake who took 2-22 off his four.