The fact that India have the harder looking of the quarter-finals is probably the main reason why SA have the favourites tag. If India overcome the Aussies on Thursday, I’d expect to see them back at the top of the betting.
Hill’s are 10/3 India and 3/1 SA, Stan James are 10/3 India and 7/2 SA while Fred has them both as 10/3 joint favourites.
What of the rest? Sri Lanka are 3rd favourites at 9/2, the Aussies come next at 11/2 and Pakistan at 13/2, those prices are available with most bookies.
England are available at a general 10/1, although some bookies have them as short as 8/1. With the real outsiders, West Indies 22/1 and New Zealand 25/1, both a best price with Victor Chandler.
Pakistan look like a dangerous floater to me, like South Africa, they have an easier looking quarter-final on paper against West Indies. If they win that game, they will be up against India or Australia in the semi’s, if they are to then play India, I believe anything could happen.
In the other half of the draw, SA look a certainty to win their quarter-final against New Zealand. Sri Lanka are favourites to beat England, but who knows what kind of a performance England will put up.
If we do manage to overcome Sri Lanka, I’d be surprised if we manage to beat South Africa twice in the competition, but stranger things have happened. There are free bets available with most of the bookmakers mentioned on this page.