Pakistan and the West Indies meet in a critical Group 2 encounter on Tuesday that will decide which team advances to the semi-finals alongside India.
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Commences: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014
Start time: 2:30 p.m. BST (7:30 p.m. local)
Live on: Sky Sports 2
Weather: The Weather Channel is predicting a fine and very hot day, with the top temperature expected to hit 38 degrees Celsius during the afternoon, before light breezes bring about a slightly cooler evening.
Two teams and two impressive turnarounds. Yet, only one of these surging outfits can progress from the cauldron that has been Group 2 at this ICC World Twenty20.
For Pakistan, this will be an exercise in composure. So frenetically out of control in their approach against India, Mohammad Hafeez's team have miraculously conjured a sense of calm in their last two outings to dispose of the belligerent Australians and crush a fragmented Bangladesh.
This encounter against the seemingly unflappable West Indies, however, will pose similar questions that were asked of Pakistan by their fierce subcontinental rivals in the first Super 10s' match of the tournament.
Indeed, the defending champions have rebounded from their early setback against India to return to a position of strength. Aside from being thrilling in its nature, the Caribbean side's remarkable defeat of Australia was a timely reminder of the T20 know-how that exists within Darren Sammy's team; their method proven and their identity clear.
Thus, Pakistan will have to fight their natural inclination to lose thought for process under the pressure of a knockout situation, as the usually unruffled West Indies are not the sort susceptible to implosion in this format of the game.
Mohammad Hafeez (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal (wk), Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar.
Darren Sammy (c), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.
Storylines to Watch
It's at the top of the order where the cause of Pakistan's volatility lies. With early momentum, this Pakistani side is mightily difficult to stop, but when the opposite is the case, things tend to unravel rather quickly.
That stark contrast has been evident in Bangladesh at this year's World T20, with the side's performances against India and Australia showcasing the extremes that Pakistan are capable of.
If the team is to topple the West Indies on Tuesday, Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal and Hafeez must be the men to steer Pakistan away from agitation and closer to the bliss of cricketing tranquility.
Having the ability to set a total will also be critical for the men in green.
The middle overs of the West Indies' three innings in this tournament have been rather troublesome for the Caribbean side.
That issue was most evident against Australia, when Sammy and Dwayne Bravo were required to produce unfathomable heroics to close the game despite the team making a blistering start through Chris Gayle.
Against a side owning the spinning depth of Pakistan, that lingering concern could bring about the team's undoing. Unlike Australia and Bangladesh, the quality of Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi in particular could bring the West Indies to a grinding halt if they don't find a way to capitalise on a promising platform.
If Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons again hamper their team's progress, the task will likely prove too much for even the most extraordinary feats of the lower order.
It feels unjust that one of these two outfits will exit the tournament after this encounter, for both teams possess the strength to be in the semi-finals of this year's World T20.
However, in a showdown that will undoubtedly place an emphasis on composure, one feels that the defending champions may just have the edge.
Of course, the turbulent nature of Pakistan's performances is often hard to predict, but in Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine and Krishmar Santokie, the West Indies possess the T20 bowling strength to push Pakistan toward their own panicked frenzy.
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