I am currently sitting proudly at the top of The Cricket Blog’s prediction league on SportGuru, but the Super 8 stage is where the competitive cricket begins and games are much more difficult to predict.
I’ll publish my predictions on this page as I make them:
England v Pakistan: England by 21 RUNS or 4 WICKETS
This is a very tough one to call, particularly as England have hardly bowled in the competitin so far. Pakistan look a little out of sorts though, and if one of Craig Kieswetter, Kevin Pietersen or Paul Collingwood can put a decent score together to complement Eoin Morgan, they should be able to put on a reasonable total.
South Africa v New Zealand: South Africa by 27 RUNS or 6 WICKETS
I wasn’t hugely convinced by South Africa’s batting against Afghanistan, particularly Graeme Smith who looked out of touch. However, on a faster pitch than the ones the Kiwis have played on so far, their spin will be less effective, and the South Africans could smash them all over the park.
Australia v India: Australia by 13 RUNS or 6 WICKETS
I believe this is the hardest match to predict of the tournament so far, and both sides are currently unbeaten. I’m backing the Aussies to come through a close game, with their extraordinarily fast bowlers to thank. Suresh Raina is the key danger man in my view, and if they get him early, they should go on to win the game.
Game 16: West Indies v Sri Lanka: West Indies by 17 RUNS or 5 WICKETS
I’m backing the home side in this game, on a fast pitch with a supportive crowd. The Sri Lankans have looked very much below par, with several of their top players struggling – particularly Dilshan at the top of the order. I’ve gone for a narrow run margin, or a 5-wicket victory if they choose to bring Keiron Pollard in as late as usual.