India may try reserves against Kenya

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2001, 22:47 [IST]
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Bloemfontein: Buoyed by the 41-run win against South Africa at Centurion Park on Wednesday, the Indians were planning to give its reserve players a chance in the triangular One-day series match against Kenya in a yet-another day-night match in Bloemfontein on Friday.With the Kenyans not expected to pose much problems, the Indian team management was contemplating including Reetinder Singh Sodhi and Jacob Martin in the team. Both Sodhi and Martin have sat out the first two games and may be played on Friday in place of Shiv Sunder Das and Javagal Srinath who are likely to be given a break. Das, who has played both the games, has been unable to put a decent score on the board and is also injured having taken a mighty blow at forward short-leg on Wednesday. A powerful Nicky Boje shot off Anil Kumble hit him at the back of his helmet and he had to be taken out of the ground. Though coach John Wright on Thursday said there was nothing to worry about Das' injury, the diminutive batsman from Orissa would most likely make way for Martin who has impressed with his performance in a tour match against South Africa 'A', smashing 54 runs in Benoni. Sodhi is the only genuine all-rounder in the team and is very handy both as a bowler and a fielder apart from being an attacking batsman. With India struggling to find a fifth bowler to complete the overs, Ganguly may be inclined to try out Sodhi on Friday. India was unlikely to drop either Anil Kumble or Harbhajan Singh from the line-up as both need to settle down as a spin pair, not to speak of the first hand experience they would have of bowling at this venue where the first Test against South Africa is scheduled from November 3. Almost all the Indian batsmen have looked in good form and have scored runs in this tournament. Though batting seems to be the least of India's worries, the fact that it has been bogged down in the slog overs has been haunting it. That would be one area the Indians would be looking to set right in this match. India is likely to face more problems in the bowling department though, if Srinath indeed is rested. That would mean going into the match with just one medium-pacer, Ajit Agarkar, with Sodhi required to act as his new ball partner. It would be interesting to see how Sodhi matches up to this challenge. Kenya, on the other hand, would be relying heavily on its two most experienced campaigners, captain Maurice Odumbe and Steve Tikolo. These two form the backbone of the Kenyan side and would be required to put on a decent score for the team. Kenya is also likely to opt for all the four Otieno brothers - Kennedy, Francis, David and Collins - the last two of whom prefer to identify themselves with the surname of Obuya. Kenya also has experienced cricketers in Thomas Odoyo and Martin Suji in the medium- pace bowling department. Collins Otieno too mixed his leg breaks well against South Africa at Benoni on Sunday and has the capability to trouble the Indian batsmen. The teams (from): India: Saurav Ganguly (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Jacob Martin, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Deep Dasgupta, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath. Kenya: Maurice Odumbe (captain), Steve Tikolo, Ravindu Shah, Kennedy Otieno, Thomas Odoyo, Hitesh Modi, Martin Suji, Tony Suji, Francis Otieno, Brijal Patel, David Otieno and Collins Otieno. Umpires: Dave Orchard and Wilf Diedricks Third umpire: Danny Becker Match referee: Ahmed Ebrahim (Zimbabwe). Extras:
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