CHITTAGONG: Following the rest day today on the occasion of Bangladesh’s Independence Day, two matches will be played on March 27, (i) Netherlands v South Africa at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong and (ii) England v Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.
Netherlands v South Africa
Experiencing tense finishes against two of the big guns in the group, South Africa will see that game against Netherlands as an opportunity to get through comfortably.
On the other hand, Netherlands were made to look like the outsiders they are, an Associate among Test teams, and that kind of humiliation won't sit easily with any team.
Qualification for the semi-finals will not be on Dutch minds but it will be etched into South African ones. The next two matches are must win for South Africa and even then, it could come down to net run-rate. They will want to win big against Netherlands to bolster theirs and to show they are serious contenders for a title that seems just out of their grasp at the moment.
England v Sri Lanka
England started the World T20 with the lost from New Zealand in rain hit game on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
England face a far bleaker reality. They had lost five of six T20s this year, before the rain ruined them against New Zealand. The bowling appears short on penetration, and in the warm-up against India, the batting appeared frail against high-quality spin. Before England can consider a place in the knockouts, they must first overcome inertia.
Match against Sri Lanka is of worth importance for them "Winning against Sri Lanka would be a big thing for us, a big confidence boost and that's how we're looking at it", said Ravi Bopara.
Sri Lanka sealed a tense win against South Africa and had one merciless defeat to a weaker side. Their World T20 campaign so far bears the hallmarks of so many recent sprints to the knockout phase of a world event. In each of those tournaments, the result against England has prefigured their eventual destination.
When they have won the England match, as they did in two World Cups, and two World T20s since 2007, they have played the final. If they defeat them again on Tuesday, they will take a significant step towards the semi-finals.
Sri Lanka enjoys edge over England, as they have won three T20s against England and lost one – the 2010 World T20 semi-final.