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T20 World Cup: Which teams have qualified for Super 12 stage?

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 goes up a gear on Saturday as the Super 12 stage kicks off with a mouth-watering double-header that sees four Group 1 teams start their campaigns.

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The final groups were not settled until the last day of the First Round with Namibia’s win over Ireland earning them the second qualifying spot from Group A, entering Group 2 alongside India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Group B winners Scotland.

Sri Lanka, who topped Group A, go into Group 1 alongside England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies and Group B qualifiers Bangladesh.

From here on in it is a battle of the very best in T20I cricket with only the top two from each group to reach the semi-finals.

Ahead of the opening match of the stage, between Australia and South Africa at Sharjah, here’s everything you need to know about the Super 12 phase…

THE GROUPS

Group 1

England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh

Group 2

India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Namibia, Scotland

KEY DATES

Group 1 commences – 23 October

The Super 12 stage will get underway in Abu Dhabi on 23 October, with the Group 1 contest between Australia and South Africa. This will be followed up with an evening clash between England and West Indies in Dubai.

First Round qualifiers Sri Lanka and Bangladesh then start their Super 12 campaign on 24 October at Sharjah.

Group 2 commences – 24 October

Group 2 will commence with a heavyweight clash between India and Pakistan in Dubai on 24 October at 6pm local time.

Pakistan then take on New Zealand in Sharjah on 26 October, in a tough start for the 2009 champions. Afghanistan begin their campaign on 25 October at Sharjah, taking on First Round Group B winners Scotland.

Group 1 concludes – 6 November

Group 1 will conclude on 6 November with matches between Australia and West Indies in Abu Dhabi, and England and South Africa in Sharjah.

Group 2 concludes – 8 November

The group will conclude on 8 November, with India taking on Namibia.

Semi-finals – 10 November and 11 November

The first semi-final will be held in Abu Dhabi on 10 November at 6pm local time. The second semi-final will be hosted by Dubai on 11 November. Both semi-finals have reserve days.

The Final

The tournament reaches its conclusion on 14 November at Dubai International Stadium.

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Bangladesh-Pakistan Test: Third day’s match delayed as heavy rain continues in Dhaka

Pakistan scored 188-2 on day two  

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Bangladesh-Pakistan Test: Third day’s match delayed as heavy rain continues in Dhaka

Dhaka: Day three of the second Test between Pakistan and Bangladesh is expected to be called off Monday as heavy rain continues in Dhaka.

Both teams have been asked to stay at the hotel as rain continues to pour down in the city overnight.

Only 63.2 overs of play were possible over the first two days with Pakistan reaching 188-2 in their first innings, with skipper Babar Azam batting on 71 not out alongside Azhar Ali, 52 not out.

Taijul Islam picked both wickets to fall at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Pakistan lead the two-Test series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Chittagong by eight wickets.

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NA-133 by-polls: PML-N retains seat for fourth time 

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Shaista Pervaiz Malik won the NA-133 constituency—for the fourth time since 2008 although by a smaller margin as compared to when they won it in 2018 elections.  

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NA-133 by-polls: PML-N retains seat for fourth time 

Lahore: As per unofficial results, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate emerged victorious in the NA-133 by-election after securing 46,811 votes and trounced the Pakistan Peoples Party.   

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Shaista Pervaiz Malik won the NA-133 constituency—for the fourth time since 2008 although by a smaller margin as compared to when they won it in the 2018 elections.  

PML-N's Shaista Pervaiz Malik— the widow of late Pervez Malik, emerged victorious after retaining the seat in a constituency that has long been the party's stronghold.  

Unofficial, preliminary results showed Malik defeated PPP opponent Aslam Gill by a margin of 14,498 votes, according to the unofficial results, 

PML-N secured 46,811 votes, while PPP candidate remained runner up by securing 32,313 votes.

However, PPP's Gill, got 26,728 more votes now as compared to the 2018 polls, when he obtained only 5,585. 

According to forum 47, the results of 254 were calculated. Out of 440485 votes in the constituency, 80997 votes were casted. 

The voters turn-out remained 18.59%, including 50936 males and 30959 females, whereas, 898 votes were wasted. 

Following the victory, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) President Shahbaz Sharif and Vice-president Maryam Nawaz extended their congratulations on party’s victory in NA-133 by-elections

Eleven candidates were contesting in NA-133 election. However, a tough contest was already expected between PML-N and PPP.

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Pakistan reports 10 deaths as ongoing impact of COVID-19 weakens  

Around 336 fresh coronavirus cases emerged while 10 people succumbed to the disease in last 24 hours amid 'Omicron' threat.

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Pakistan reports 10 deaths as ongoing impact of COVID-19 weakens  

Islamabad:  Amid a steady decline in Covid-19 infections, Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio further fell to 0.78%, the total death toll reached to 28,777. 

Around 336 fresh coronavirus cases emerged while 10 people succumbed to the disease in last 24 hours amid 'Omicron' threat.

Pakistan’s government will step up COVID-19 vaccination efforts and is expanding the criteria for vaccine booster shots, amid fears of the Omicron variant.

According to the latest figures issued by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 336 persons were tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. 

The total number of cases has reached 1,287,161. 

As many as 1,246,464 patients have recovered from the disease.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 443,519 in the province with 13,041 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 476,830 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,626.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 180,383 in the province with 5,862 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,507 confirmed cases while 360 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,579 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 742. On the other hand, there are 10,413 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 107,930 cases in the capital city while 960 people have lost their lives.

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