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Nic Ladds 10th Jun 2009 - 9:04

Three Ms can take Sri Lanka all the way

South Africa are bookmaker William Hill’s 5/2 outright favourites to win the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 as we head into the Super Eight phase.

What a week it’s been.

I am struggling to put some of these results into perspective, heaven knows what it must be like to be a cricket odds compiler? No Line on the Horizon, as U2 might put it.

Bono: happy or smug about Ireland's success? You decide

Australia out! Ireland through! Yer man Bono would be happy with that. England humiliated by the Dutch. To some a pin and blindfold might be a more reliable option than pouring through the formbook to find this year’s ICC World Twenty20 winner.

But that’s not a policy us sporting judges at William Hill News subscribe to. Oh no.

As far as the Aussies’ demise was concerned the clues were there for all to see, before the Sri Lanka defeat the men from Down Under had lost their previous four Twenty20 matches. Now it’s five. So maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised.

It generally pays to do your homework when it comes to punting.

Behind Proteas, Hills then go India 3/1, Sri Lanka 5/1, New Zealand 5/1, Pakistan 7/1, England 8/1, West Indies 9/1 and Ireland 100/1. ICC World Twenty20 Outright betting

Of those left I really like the chances of Sri Lanka. They are in distinctly winnable Super 8 Group F (see below) alongside classy but erratic Pakistan, New Zealand and Ireland.

And with what we’ll call the “Three Ms” - Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga - bowling like absolute demons, I think they have arguably the most effective Twenty20 attack left in the tournament.

Throw in willow wielders Kumar Sangakkara (6/4 to be top Sri Lanka batsman) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (6/4 to be top Sri Lanka batsman) who have really been among the runs so far and you have a pretty potent combination indeed.

Under the Super Eight format the sides in the below groups will play a round robin series of fixtures. The two top sides from each group will contest the semi-finals. Winner of Group E will play runner-up in Group F. Winner of Group F will play the runner-up in Group E. View the full ICC World Twenty20 fixtures, tables and results

Super Eight - Group E Super Eight - Group F
India Ireland
England Pakistan
West Indies Sri Lanka
South Africa New Zealand
Full tables & fixtures

Behind the Sri Lankans the boys that make the most appeal at 9/1 have to be the West Indies.

Skipper Chris Gayle was recently lambasted in this blog for his leadership of his side in the recent Tests and one-dayers (to the financial benefit of anyone who listened) but when it comes to Twenty20 the Windies are a totally different kettle of rice and peas.

The manner in which Gayle blasted 88 against the Aussies to take his side to a seven wicket victory was probably the best Twenty20 knock I’ve ever seen and I’ve a feeling it won’t be the last memorable innings by the Jamaican colossus.

Yes, his side is up against India, South Africa and England but at 9/1 I have to side with the Windies on value alone.

As for England they say it’s not how you start, it’s where you finish... That’s something skipper Paul Collingwood will have at the front of his mind after the humiliation of losing to minnows the Netherlands.

Some pride was salvaged with a solid win over a below par Pakistan but could you seriously back the Three Lions with confidence after their shambolic display against the Dutch? I think I’d rather back 100/1 Ireland than England.

Those O'Brien brothers, Niall and Kevin, look as handy as you like at the crease, and apart from Chris Gayle I’m not sure there are many better sloggers than big Kev left in the Super 8s!

Bookmakers William Hill have tonnes of betting markets available on the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and you can bet in-play, ball-by-ball on every game.

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SUPER EIGHT STAGE FIXTURES - (full tables, fixtures and scores)
Thursday 11 June New Zealand v Ireland Trent Bridge (13:30)
Thursday 11 June England v South Africa Trent Bridge (17:30)
Friday 12 June Pakistan v Sri Lanka Lord's (13:30)
Friday 12 June India v West Indies Lord's (17:30)
Saturday 13 June West Indies v South Africa The Oval (13:30)
Saturday 13 June New Zealand v Pakistan The Oval (17:30)
Sunday 14 June Ireland v Sri Lanka Lord's (13:30)
Sunday 14 June India v England Lord's (17:30)
Monday 15 June England v West Indies The Oval (13:30)
Monday 15 June Pakistan v Ireland The Oval (17:30)
Tuesday 16 June New Zealand v Sri Lanka Trent Bridge (13:30)
Tuesday 16 June South Africa v India Trent Bridge (17:30)
Click to view the complete ICC World Twenty20 tables, fixtures and results



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