South Africans not to take Kenyans lightly

Published: Saturday, October 6, 2001, 22:16 [IST]
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Benoni (South Africa): Perfectionist that it is, South Africa is in no mood to take minnows Kenya lightly even though not much is at stake in the second of the One-day Internationals of the tri-series between the two contrasting sides Bennoi at the Willowmoore Park on Sunday. The match could be predictably one-sided - one is next only to world-beaters Australia, the other is still struggling to find its feet in international cricket, having won just seven of the 37 One-dayers played so far. Kenya has no preposterous designs and would be looking for no more than some experience against its mighty rivals which defeated a spirited India by six wickets in the opening tri-series encounter on Friday. Having set its sights for some practice before the World Cup in 2003, Kenya is looking to identify players who would give ample support to the long-serving likes of Maurice Odumbe, Kennedy Otieno and Steve Tikolo. Kenya hasn't had much chance to do so lately as the only matches it has played this year include three One-dayers against West Indies in July. Its previous game was a full nine months before in the ICC Knock-out Mini World Cup when it lost to India at home. Kenya's only feather in the cap is the sensational victory against the West Indies at Pune in the 1996 World Cup. Otherwise it hasn't got any records to boast of - only four Kenyan cricketers have managed hundreds in international games. Also, only former captain Asif Karim has managed a five-wicket haul in One-day Internationals. But South Africa still is in no mood to lower the guard and take Kenya lightly. There were speculations that since the lower half of the batting order has had no practice in Zimbabwe and little from day-night game against India, Shaun Pollock would be inclined to give a his lower order some sort of decent practice in view of the matches ahead. But Pollock discounted too many experiments. "We might push a lad or two up the order but we are not in too much of mind to meddle with the batting order," said Pollock. South Africa, as it proved in its victory against India, is a ruthless bunch of cricketers and it is unlikely to be stretched by the Kenyans. Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs at the top of the order, and Jacques Kallis at number three, have proved difficult to get past by in recent times and it is unlikely they would be against a lowly-placed side like Kenya. The teams (from): Kenya: Maurice Odumbe (captain), Steve Tikolo (vice- captain), Martin Suji, Kennedy Otieno, Hitesh Modi, Ravindu Shah, Thomas Odoyo, Tony Suji, Lameck Onyango, Mohammed Sheikh, Jimmy Kamande, Peter Ocheing, Josephat Ababu and Colliens Otieno. South Africa: Shaun Pollock (captain), Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Neil McKenzie, Jonty Rhodes, Jacques Kallis, Lance Klusener, Justin Kemp, Claude Henderson, Makhya Ntini, Mark Boucher and Andre Nel. Extras:
Kirsten takes South Africa to victory
Saurav slams bowlers for poor show

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