T20 World Cup 2012: Semifinals Schedule and Latest Championship Odds

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T20 World Cup 2012: Semifinals Schedule and Latest Championship Odds
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Coming off a solid win over Australia, Pakistan is the team to watch in the T20 semi finals. With India eliminated, the Pakistanis moved into a final-four match with host, Sri Lanka. If they defeat them, a rematch against Australia or a tussle with the West Indies will be all that stands in their way for the ultimate prize.

The Pakistanis needed help from South Africa to gain a berth in the last four, and the latter came through with just enough bowling prowess to contain India. Even though India won the match, their 152 runs scored and allowance of more than 121 runs wasn't large enough to edge Pakistan in the tables.

Sri Lanka has breezed to a 3-0 record during T20 play, and their net run rate is +0.998 in their matches. They are a formidable opponent, but Pakistan's bowling will be the major difference.

Raza Hasan lead the bowling charge against Australia. He conceded only 14 runs in four overs bowled. This type of performance will supersede the home-field advantage.

In the other semifinal Australia should defeat the West Indies. The Aussies backed into the final four with their loss to Pakistan. Their offense appeared to die, but their struggles won't continue. The slumping was more related to the Pakistani bowlers than a prolonged issue.

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They are led by Shane Watson, who had been the Man of the Match in the Aussie's last four outings. This team is a mentally strong group and their confidence won't be shaken.

They will shake off any ill effects from the lost to Pakistan, and they will be ready to blast past the West Indies. It seems a rematch with their recent conquerors is on the horizon. Unfortunately for Australia, I predict the outcome will be the same.

Pakistan is clearly the best team in Sri Lanka.

Here is the schedule and odds for the final three games:

1st Semi-Final:

Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 4, 2012

Match scheduled to begin at 19:00 local time (9:30 a.m ET)

Sri Lanka favored (4/5) per SkyBet.com

2nd Semi-Final:

Australia vs. West Indies at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 5, 2012

Match scheduled to begin at 19:00 local time (9:30 a.m ET)

Australia is favored (8/11) per Oddschecker.com


TBA vs. TBA at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 7, 2012

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