Samiullah Shenwari Afghanistan
Samiullah Shenwari was the star for Afghanistan when they beat Scotland in the 50-over World Cup last yearReuters

Afghanistan and Scotland played in one of the matches of the 50-over World Cup last year, and if the two put on a show anything similar to that one Tuesday, we are going to have a cracker of a Group B ICC World T20 2016 encounter in Nagpur.

Only one team will qualify for the Super 10 stage of the World T20 from Group B, making pretty much every match a must-win one. Afghanistan and Scotland will have the luxury of gauging the early scenario in the group, considering Zimbabwe and Hong Kong play in the first match of the tournament earlier in the day.

However, neither team can really afford to take it easy in their first WT20 match of 2016, because it is "three games, you win them, and you are through to the main round of the tournament, playing against the big boys."

Afghanistan will start this match as the favourites – they are the second favourites in the group, behind Zimbabwe – having won an impressive 11 of their last 13 T20 matches.

Since the 2015 World Cup last year, Afghanistan have gone from strength to strength, and with a bowling attack capable of knocking over any international team, this is a team that no-one will take lightly.

In Scotland, though, Afghanistan will run up against a side who like to go hard in this T20 format. Playing aggressive is the Scotland mantra under captain Preston Mommsen and coach Grant Bradburn, and if that strategy comes off Tuesday, we could be looking at a Scotland win.

It will be easier said than done, however, considering Afghanistan's bowling strength. The Asian side will also take confidence from their dramatic victory over Scotland in the World Cup last year, when Samiullah Shenwari scored a brilliant 96 to propel his team past the Scottish total.

Squads: Scotland: Preston Mommsen (C), Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Con de Lange, Alasdair Evans, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Maine, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Mark Watt.

Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (C), Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Hamid Hassan.

Where to Watch Live

Scotland vs Afghanistan is set to begin at 7.30 p.m. IST (2 p.m. GMT, 9 a.m. ET). Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD2 will provide live TV coverage for viewers in India and the rest of South Asia. Viewers can also watch the WT20 match by online live streaming on Starsports online and Hotstar.

Sky Sports 2 will broadcast the match live in the UK , including Scotland,and Ireland, while the live stream options are on Watch Sky Sports and Sky Go.

Fox Sports 3 will show the match between Scotland and Afghanistan live in Australia, while the live streaming option is on Foxtel. Viewers in New Zealand can watch the match live on Sky Sport and Sky Go NZ.

Willow TV will show the game live in the US and Canada, while all the action can also be live streamed on Willow TV Online.

Audience in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa can watch the World T20 action live on SuperSport 2, with the online live stream option SuperSport Live Video.

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