T20 World Cup 2012: 3 Teams to Watch in Super Eights Matches

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T20 World Cup 2012: 3 Teams to Watch in Super Eights Matches
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With the preliminary round over with in the T20 World Cup 2012, it's time to start inching towards the championship round. The Super Eights did just that on Thursday, when defending champion England went down and Sri Lanka scored an opening victory.

Of the eight teams still around after the preliminary schedule, there's a high level of intrigue heading into this final slate of action.

From the host nation to some unexpected losses, there's a good amount of press coming out of this fourth annual T20 championship, and you can catch all the cricket action up until October 7.

If you have ESPN Star (Asia) or Sky Sports in England, it's easy to watch all the action, but if not, the games will be streaming live on ESPN3.com until the tournament is over.

Here's a look at three teams to keep your eye on going forward, especially given the recent slate and results from Sri Lanka.

 

England

The reigning champs stumbled in the preliminary round and proceeded to lose to the West Indies by 15 runs in the first stage of the Super Eights.

They've got plenty of chances to return to former glory, but Stuart Broad's team can't continue to slip if it wants to be back to that pivotal championship match. It showed some good gusto and did some good things against West Indies, but were outmatched. That has to change going forward.

 

Sri Lanka

The host nation has a chance to make this fourth T20 championship home in front of their fans and got off to a great start in the Super Eights. Their Super Over win against New Zealand was an emotionally-charged match that ended with a six-run Sri Lanka victory.

It was a close victory for the Sri Lankans, but on a late New Zealand mis-bowl and behind their own bowler, Lasith Malinga, they were able to hold off for a six-run win. The road is going to get tougher and the matches will be tougher down the stretch, but they have home-field advantage and an emotional give over the other opponents.

 

Australia

They open up with the tournament favorites India in their first T20 Super Eights matchup, but a win against the favorites might propel them towards their first ever tournament championship.

After starting 2-0, Australia faces its toughest matchup of the tournament against the Indian squad. However, India isn't looking past the Aussies, even anticipating playing five bowlers against them on Friday.

Australia has been hyped up for this matchup, and with a win, it makes the picture that much murkier as we inch towards the semifinals.

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