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    World Twenty20 2014: Format and points system explained

    The fifth edition of the ICC World Twenty20 will for the first time see sixteen teams in the fray, with the competition divided into two rounds.

    The fifth edition of the ICC World Twenty20 will for the first time see sixteen teams in the fray, with the competition divided into two rounds.

    FORMAT:

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    The first round will see two groups (A and B) of four teams each divided according to their seeding. Each team will play the other in its group and the topper from each group will proceed to the second round, called 'Super 10 series'.

    Group A: Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Hong Kong

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    Group B: Zimbabwe, Ireland, UAE, Netherlands

    Teams finishing top of Group A and B in the first round will be placed in Group 2 and 1 respectively in the second round. No points from the first round will be carried forward.

    The first-round winners will join eight other teams in the second round to form 'Super 10'. These 10 teams will be divided into two groups of five each based on their seeding:

    Group 1: Sri Lanka (1), England (4), South Africa (5), New Zealand (8), Qualifier B1 (9)

    Group 2: West Indies (2), India (3), Pakistan (6), Australia (7), Qualifier A1 (10)

    Each team will play the other team in its group, at the end of which top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals.

    In the semis, Group 1 toppers will play Group 2 runners-up and Group 2 winners will take on Group 1 runners-up.

    Winners of the two semi-finals will contest for the trophy in the final.

    POINTS SYSTEMS:

    Win: 2 points

    Tie/No Result/Abandoned: 1 point

    Loss: 0 point

    First Round: If teams are locked on points in their group, then the following (in order of priority) will apply to decide the team that progresses to the second round or Super 10 series.

    - The team having more wins in the group.

    - In case of equal points and wins, the team having the higher net run rate.

    - If still equal, then the team winning the head-to-head in the group.

    - If still undecided or none of the group matches produce results, then the team with the highest seeding in the group.

    Second Round: If teams are locked on points in their group, then following (in order of priority) will apply to decide the teams that progress to the semi-finals.

    - Team with most wins in the second round.

    - In case of equal points and wins, the team having the higher net run rate in the second round.

    - If still equal, then the team winning the head-to-head in the group..

    - If still undecided or none of the group matches produce results, then the team with the highest seeding in the group.

    KNOCKOUT STAGE

    Semi-Finals: Super Over will decide the winner of a tied semi-final. In case a Super Over can't be completed, match is abdondoned or there is no result, then the team topping its group in the second round progresses to the final.

    Final: Super Over will decide the winner of a tied semi-final. In case a Super Over can't be completed, match is abdondoned or there is no result, the teams will be declared joint winners.