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Cricket Craze Grips South Asia

Hundreds of millions of South Asians are glued to their TV sets, computers, and smartphones to follow their teams in the World T20 cricket tournament now under way in India.

Afghanistan performed exceptionally by winning all of its preliminary games to qualify for the Super 10 but has lost all of its three matches in Group A. Bangladesh, too, seems to be struggling against the leading teams in Group B. Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India still have a chance to qualify in the semifinals provided they win some tough contests.
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Afghanistan's Samiullah Shinwari celebrates the wicket of England's Jos Buttler at the Feroz Shah Kolta Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on March 23.
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Afghanistan's Samiullah Shinwari celebrates the wicket of England's Jos Buttler at the Feroz Shah Kolta Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on March 23.

India's Hardik Pandya, right, celebrates after his dismissal of Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, left, at the Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on March 19.
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India's Hardik Pandya, right, celebrates after his dismissal of Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, left, at the Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on March 19.

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai reacts as he walks to the pavilion after his dismissal during the World T20 cricket tournament match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan on March 17.  
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Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai reacts as he walks to the pavilion after his dismissal during the World T20 cricket tournament match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan on March 17.
 

Pakistan's Ahmed Shehzad, right, plays a shot as India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks on.
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Pakistan's Ahmed Shehzad, right, plays a shot as India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks on.

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