T20 World Cup Schedule 2012: Dates, Times, Live Stream & Super Eights Prediction

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2012

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Johnson Charles of the West Indies bats during the ICC World Twenty20 2012 Group B match between Australia and the West Indies at R. Premadasa Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Now that the preliminary round of the 2012 ICC Twenty20 World Cup is over, the intensity picks up as teams try to advance in the Super Eights.

There have already been a number of great matches in this tournament, including a high-profile contest between India and England. However, there are still a number of interesting matchups ahead that will keep cricket fans tuned in for the next two weeks.

Here is everything you need to know as the top countries in the world attempt to become champions of one of the biggest tournaments in the sport.

 

Where: Sri Lanka

When: Sept. 27 - Oct. 7

Watch: ESPN STAR Sports (Asia), Arab Digital Distribution (Middle East), Sky Sports (England)

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

Super Eights Full Schedule (via Cricket.com)

Thu Sep. 27
10 a.m. GMT   

Group E - Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

Thu Sep. 27 2 p.m. GMT Group E - England vs. West Indies
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Fri Sep. 28
10 a.m. GMT Group F - Pakistan vs. South Africa
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Fri Sep. 28
2 p.m. GMT Group F - India vs. Australia
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sat Sep. 29
10 a.m. GMT Group E - England vs. New Zealand
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Sat Sep. 29
2 p.m. GMT Group E - Sri Lanka vs. West Indies
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Sun Sep. 30
10 a.m. GMT Group F - Australia vs. South Africa
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sun Sep. 30
2 p.m. GMT Group F - Pakistan vs. India
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Mon Oct. 1
10 a.m. GMT Group E - West Indies vs. New Zealand
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Mon Oct. 1
2 p.m. GMT Group E - Sri Lanka vs. England
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Tue Oct. 2
10 a.m. GMT Group F - Pakistan vs. Australia
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Tue Oct. 2
2 p.m. GMT Group F - India vs. South Africa
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Thu Oct. 4
1:30 p.m. GMT 1st Semi-Final - TBD vs. TBD
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Fri Oct. 5
1:30 p.m. GMT 2nd Semi-Final - TBD vs. TBD
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sun Oct. 7
1:30 p.m. GMT  Final - TBD vs. TBD
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

Teams to Watch

India

The 2011 World Cup Champions are getting off to a good start once again, as the team begins with a 2-0 record to reach the Super Eights.

India took care of business by defeating Afghanistan and then had an impressive showing with a win over England, led by bowler Harbhajan Singh.

Things do not get much easier with Australia, South Africa and Pakistan in the next group stage, but this team has the talent and experience to advance to the semifinals.

 

South Africa

Although this team has never won a major tournament, it is on the right track in the T20. South Africa not only won both of its matches, but it also had the highest net-run rate of any team in the tournament at 3.598.

South Africa has the ability to win. It currently has the highest rating in the world for the Test Championship, according to ESPNCricinfo

If this team continues to perform like it has, we will have a new champion in this prestigious tournament.

 

England

A poor opening-round performance does not disqualify England from being contenders for the entire championship. In fact, the defending T20 champions might be one of the toughest outs in the tournament.

The squad's score of 80 against India was the lowest total among test-playing nations, but the match was after both sides qualified for the next round. Considering the seeds are already decided, England did not have much to play for.

Expect this veteran group to rebound in the Super Eights and reach the semifinals with relative ease.

 

Predicted Winner: India

This team has been playing extremely well in major tournaments over the past couple of years and should be able to continue the run to win the T20 World Cup.