New Zealand v Pakistan

The T20 World Cup 2012 continues with two more exciting games, involving two of the subcontinent's biggest sides and the defending champions. England will face old foes India in the final Group A match in Colombo, while Pakistan will open their campaign with a game against a New Zealand side riding high on Brendon McCullum's astonishing 123 against Bangladesh.

Who

New Zealand v Pakistan

Where

Pallekele

When

Coverage will start from 10.30 am BST on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports HD 2.

Overview

Pakistan have a superb record at the T20 world championships and have twice made it to the finals (2007 and 2009, winning the trophy on the latter occasion). They will expect nothing less than progress to the semi finals this year as well. To do so, however, their first hurdle is a big one - a New Zealand side led by Brendon McCullum.

If the Kiwis dominated Bangladesh in their opening match, the credit must go entirely to McCullum and his 58-ball 123. Tim Southee and Kyle Mills complemented the big-hitting right hander superbly with the ball, recording figures of 3/33 and 3/16 off their four overs to leave Bangladesh quite the beaten side.

However, Pakistan are likely to be a very different sort of challenge and McCullum will find less room for error against the spin of Saeed Ajmal, Shoab Malik and Shahid Afridi. In fact, Ajmal and Afridi, along with seamer Umar Gul, are the top three wicket takers in T20 Internationals.

The silver lining for the Kiwis could be the inconsistency and relative weakness of Pakistan's batting line-up, which means they will have to be on the money while fielding and ensure any target they are set (assuming they bat second) is a distinctly manageable one and does not give Mohammed Hafeez too much to bowl at.

New Zealand Squad:  Martin Guptill,  Brendon McCullum ,  Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, James Franklin,  Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum,  Tim Southee,  Kyle Mills, Doug Bracewell, Ronnie Hira, Adam Milne, Rob Nicol, BJ Watling

Pakistan Squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed,  Kamran Akmal,  Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik,  Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Sohail Tanvir,  Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Arafat, Raza Hasan, Mohammad Sami, Asad Shafiq

Afghanistan v India

Who

England v India

Where

Colombo

When

Coverage will start from 2.30 pm BST on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports HD 2.

Overview

Meanwhile, the second live game of the day will see Pakistan's arch rivals, India, in action against the defending champions, England. More importantly, the game will offer the Indians a chance for a measure of revenge for the heavy defeats they suffered in the tour of England earlier this year.

The tie will also bring back memories of a meeting between the two sides in the 2007 T20 World Cup, when Yuvraj Singh hit present England captain Stuart Broad for six sixes in one over! Singh has just returned to national team duty after fighting cancer and would dearly love to announce that return with a similar feat.

From a tournament's perspective, this game is meaningless. Both India and England have already qualified for the Super Eights (having beaten Afghanistan each) and there are only bragging rights at stake here.

There is one other incentive though - to avoid South Africa.

The Proteas came into the tournament after comprehensively outplaying England in England and have been in dominant form since then. They dispatched Zimbabwe and hosts Sri Lanka with ease in their group games, to confirm progress as winners of Group C. The draw for the Super Eights will place the winners of Group A with those of Group C and given the form AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn have displayed in the opening two games, it might not be a good idea.

England were far more comfortable in their defeat of Afghanistan than India; at least on paper. The Afghanis ran MS Dhoni's men to a close finish, losing only by 23 runs. They were as impressive against England, even if the margin of defeat was greater.

India will want to see their openers and key batsmen, such as Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Virender Sehwag start hitting big scores on a regular basis, particularly since the reigning One Day International (ODI) champions are lightweight in the bowling department.

India Squad: Virender Sehwag,  Gautam Gambhir,  Virat Kohli,  Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni , R Ashwin,  Irfan Pathan,  Zaheer Khan, L Balaji, Piyush Chawla, Ashok Dinda, Harbhajan Singh, Manoj Tiwary

England Squad: Craig Kieswetter, Alex Hales,  Luke Wright,  Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan,  Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn,  Jade Dernbach, Ravi Bopara, Danny Briggs, Michael Lumb