And then there were 10. Only 1 team will emerge victorious from the 6th edition of the World T20. The Super 10 games begin today. Let's have a look at which team looks the strongest in which aspect.
Given their strong performances recently, it's no surprise that India lead the way. Virat Kohli, the best T20I batsman in the world, leads the charge with the bat, while a combination of old and new blood has made their bowling very effective. With home advantage, they are the favourites, but T20 is an unpredictable format.
New Zealand can be best described as "quietly menacing" which is also how some might describe their skipper Kane Williamson. They are excellent with the ball, consistent with the bat and can hit when needed. They will miss the experience and madness of Brendon McCullum, though.
Are England inexperienced or fresh? In a high pressure situation, the major tournament baptism for "new-look" England, it's possible that their inexperience will count against them. They can hit big, but their ability to stay at the crease and strike with the ball will be thoroughly examined.
South Africa look strong coming into the tournament, but they always do. With Steyn, Rabada and Tahir on the prowl, their bowling looks formidable, while their batting is justly feared. They have beaten the favourites at home recently, which should bolster their morale.
Australia are, as always, the team to beat. Their batting lineup is daunting, but their bowlers will be under pressure this tournament. The team's lack of experience will also be a factor in their performance. In this respect, Shane Watson could be a crucial player.
Pakistan are the most experienced T20I team in this tournament. Whether that will have a positive effect on their performance is a different matter. They can hit and bowl well enough, but their batsmen have trouble staying at the crease. Can Boom Boom make a difference at his swansong?
Sri Lanka are not coping with their transformation very well. They have some big hitters, but they depend too much on Mathews and Dilshan to bail them out in a tough spot. Their bowling is suffering as well, with the doubts over T20 legend Malinga. The going will be tough for them.
The West Indies could win spectacularly. They could also lose spectacularly. They're the biggest hitters, but they're inconsistent at the crease. Their bowling is strong, but lacking Narine. Russell faces a ban. Pollard and Simmons not playing. It's all or nothing in what is likely Gayle, Bravo and Sammy's last international tournament.
Afghanistan and Bangladesh play T20Is against teams outside the top 8 more often, leading to boosts in some of their scores. This is not to take away from them in any way: Bangladesh has felled giants before, albeit in different formats, while Afghanistan will look to take advantage of being in the group with a weakened Sri Lanka, an inexperienced England, and a mercurial West Indies.
*Note: All the numbers are on a scale on 10, with 0 being the weakest and 10 being the strongest.