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Nic Ladds 17th Jun 2009 - 10:32

Lanks very much lads

After a fortnight of shocks and surprises there's just four teams left standing at the ICC World Twenty20 where classy South Africa are William Hill's 11/8 outright favourites.

Finding winners hasn't been an exact science that's for sure, but then again when it comes to sport and punting it rarely is!

What we can say with confidence is that Graeme Smith's side who hold a fine record thus far are the outstanding side in the event. If they can maintain their outstanding form it's going to take a very impressive side to beat them.

They take on Pakistan in the World Twenty20 semi-finals. Match betting South Africa 8/15, Pakistan 6/4.

Skipper Smith has such strength in depth with the likes of all-rounder Jacques Kallis (11/10 to be top SA batsman), Herschelle Gibbs, Dale Steyn, Albie Morkel and promising left-armer Wayne Parnell all shining this month.

Keep an eye on Kallis in any Top Run Scorer markets. The 33-year-old is currently the top run-scorer in the competition, with 174 from four innings at a strike rate of 129.

Indeed, for many cricket judges South Africa are probably the best side in the world in any form of the game.

After the Proteas Hills go Sri Lanka 2/1, West Indies 4/1 and Pakistan 9/2.

Sri Lanka - our fancies prior to the Super Eights phase at William Hill News - are still going strong thanks to those magnificent bowlers the "Three Ms" - Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga.

Hopefully you took our advice on June 10 and are now holding a winning Sri Lanka voucher at 5/1 because if batsmen Tillekeratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya can weigh in with the runs they really do look capable of beating anyone.

Sri Lanka 4/7 take on the West Indies 11/8 in the semis.

West Indies, who saw off hosts England with a five-wicket win under the Duckworth/Lewis regulations seem to have grown into the event.

Chris Gayle's (5/2 to be top Windies batsman) side started the summer in shambolic fashion with defeats to the Three Lions in the Test and one-day series but they will feel capable of pulling off the last laugh.

We know all about the big hitting Gayle's ability to change the course of a game in the space of a couple of overs and they have another match winner in Dwayne Bravo 6/5 (top Windies batsman) who did for pre-tournament' favourites India with an awesome knock of 66 from only 36 balls, he also claimed four wickets in a superb Lord's performance.

Like the Sri Lankans, the Windies can beat anyone if they bring their A game to the table.

I'm not sure about Younis Khan's (4/9 to be top Pakistan batsman) Pakistan who can be brilliant one day and awful the next.

Beaten emphatically by England earlier in the tournament you have to suspect they will come unstuck against the South Africans.

In their last yardstick William Porterfield's Ireland team restricted the Pakistanis to 159 for five and they will need to better that effort if they are to stand any chance of making the final.

William Hill will have all the betting on the ICC World Twenty20 that comes to a climax at Lord's on June 21.

ICC World Twenty20 outright betting

Pakistan v South Africa - Thursday 17:30

Sri Lanka v West Indies - Friday 17:30

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