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One thing we know about our customers is they love sport. It unites nations and brings people together no matter where they are in the world. So, for cricket fans from Cape Town to Colombo, we’ve predicted who we think will come out on top at the T20 World Cup in India. Let the run-fest begin!

India 2/1

Best result: Winners 2007

World ranking: 1st

Azimo prediction: Winners

India is T20-mad, with the Indian Premier League’s brand value in excess of $7bn. So anything less than victory in the World Cup Final on 3rd April will be seen as a failure. The signs are looking good, though: the batting line-up is full of bankable stars such as Kohli and Dhawan, the spinners are winners on home turf (Ashwin, Jadeja, etc). Oh, and they’re also currently ranked No.1 in the world. The only danger is that they could lose their nerve in front of a billion supporters. No pressure, then.  

One to watch: Virat Kohli

South Africa 9/2

Best result: Semi-finalists 2009 & 2014

World ranking: 3rd

Azimo prediction: Group stage

The South Africans are always tipped to do well at the beginning of limited overs tournaments, but somehow they always seem to end up ‘choking’ in the big matches – the semi-finals is the best they’ve managed so far in five attempts. The team is littered with talent, from crafty spinner Imran Tahir to national hero AB de Villiers. But the real T20 top dog is Faf du Plessis: he’s captain, third in the world rankings and has a batting average over 40. Their group match against West Indies could well be make-or-break.

One to watch: Faf du Plessis

Australia 9/2

Best result: Runners-up 2010

World ranking: 5th

Azimo prediction: Group stage

Australia are desperate to finally get their hands on the T20 World Cup trophy, having come up short in the past. So, is 2016 going to be their year? We don’t think so. They certainly have lots of powerhouse players, such as Glenn Maxwell and fresh-faced captain Steve Smith. But Mohali is very different from Melbourne, and matches against the subcontinental trio of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the space of a week could well see them spinning out of the tournament.

One to watch: Glenn Maxwell

England 15/2

Best result: Winners 2010

World ranking: 6th

Azimo prediction: Semi-finalists

Spin will be key on the subcontinent, and England have a possible match-turner in rising star Adil Rashid. In fact, England are bursting with T20 talent all the way down the order, including destructive hitting from the likes of Alex Hales and Jos Buttler. Buttler may have too many consonants for his own good, but it hasn’t stopped him moving to the top of the England T20 MVP rankings. Don’t celebrate too soon, though. This is the same team that managed to lose to the Netherlands in 2009 and 2014.

One to watch: Adil Rashid

West Indies 15/2

Best result: Winners 2012

World ranking: 2nd

Azimo prediction: Semi-finalists

Everyone’s second favourite team have been pretty rubbish of late – they’re eighth in the Test rankings and ninth in the ODI rankings. If they’re going to achieve anything, it will be in the 20-over game, where they’re ranked second in the world. They’ve also got pedigree – they’ve been winners and semi-finalists in the last two tournaments, and few people can hit the ball higher and harder than the mighty Christopher Henry Gayle, a crowd favourite from Sydney to St Lucia.

One to watch: Chris Gayle

New Zealand 11/1

Best result: Semi-finalists 2007

World ranking: 4th

Azimo prediction: Runners-up

The Blackcaps may be mourning the retirement of former skipper Brendon McCullum, but there are plenty of big-hitters queuing up to take his place, and the bowling line-up is a decent mix. The fixture list looks tough – India first up followed by Australia – but New Zealand have always enjoyed the underdogs tag. One T20 fast fact for you: opener Martin Guptill’s nickname is ‘two toes’ as he lost the other three on one foot in an accident when he was younger. But that hasn’t stopped him becoming one of the finest fielders in T20.

One to watch: Luke Ronchi

Pakistan 14/1

Best result: Winners 2009

World ranking: 7th

Azimo prediction: Group stage

Pakistan have a cracking record in the T20 World Cup, only failing to make it to the last four in 2014. And the mouthwatering prospect of a final against India at the 66,000-capacity Eden Gardens in Kolkata (the second biggest ground in the world behind Melbourne) could be enough to spur them on to great things. However, controversy is never too far from the surface and Mohammad Amir’s return from a five-year spot-fixing ban should add some spice to the action.

One to watch: Wahab Riaz

Sri Lanka 18/1

Best result: Winners 2014

World ranking: 8th

Azimo prediction: Group stage

Considering its size, Sri Lanka’s record in the T20 World Cup is impressive: in the last four tournaments, they’ve won one, been runners-up twice and made the semi-final. The only problem is that their finest players have now hung up their T20 boots. This is a team with no Muralitharan, no Jayawardene and no Sangakkarra. Even their current stars are getting on a bit: Dilshan is nearly 40 and Malinga had to step down from the captaincy a week ago with an injury – his speedy recovery could well decide just how far they progress.

One to watch: Angelo Mathews

Bangladesh 25/1

World ranking: 10th

Azimo prediction: Group stage

Bangladesh are the real deal and, with the tournament taking place in neighbouring India, they have things on their side: great support and familiar playing conditions. They won their qualifying group easily and Tamim Iqbal looks a real danger at the top of the order. The big boys need to watch out. 

One to watch: Shakib Al Hasan

Afghanistan 400/1

World ranking: 9th

Azimo prediction: Group stage

The success of cricket in war-torn Afghanistan is a real fairy story of a side born out of the ashes of devastating conflict. They also happen to be pretty good, being the highest-ranked minnow at the World Cup. They brushed aside everyone in their qualifying group, winning all three matches. Their first match against Sri Lanka on 17th March might be a trickier task. 

One to watch: Mohammad Shahzad

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