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Kirsten, Nel out for tie against Kenya

Published: Saturday, October 13, 2001, 21:52 [IST]
 
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Kimberly (South Africa): South Africa is keen to get over the formality of beating Kenya on Sunday before locking horns with India next week to avenge its 41-run defeat.South Africa has relieved paceman Andre Nel to iron out his rhythm, but had to settle without the services of Gary Kirsten after the flamboyant opener suffered a severe thigh strain. The absence of Kirsten might mean little inconvenience against Kenyans but could matter significantly in the match against India which looks ominous after its 10- wicket rout of Kenya on Friday, the third biggest defeat in the history of One-day Internationals. India is currently placed on top of the table, despite garnering as many points as South Africa, on account of better rate of scoring. Matches at Kimberly have usually been high-scoring and Kenya would hope its batting comes good after some embarrassing performances in the previous two encounters. While it managed 159 against South Africa, Kenya was skittled out for a paltry 90 against India. The only time Kenya look to be in game is when its captain Maurice Odumbe and Steve Tikolo play to their potential. Whenever either of them is out, the rest crumble like a pack of cards. Odumbe has exhorted his men to put up an improved performance, as, "Humiliating defeats tend to hurt the interest of the game back home. If we continue to lose the way we have against South Africa and India, people back home will start to write us off and that's bad for Kenyan cricket," Odumbe said. He said the ICC had granted his side One-day status and now, "It must ensure that we get to play more matches, as Kenya had played just one One-dayer before the start of the tri-series in South Africa." South Africa's concern is a suspect middle order and poor catching coupled with some predictable, one-dimensional attack by their pack of express bowlers. Known for their live-wire acts in the field, the South Africans have surprised with butter-fingered display on quite a few occasions especially against India. The teams (from): South Africa: Shaun Pollock (captain), Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Neil Mckenzie, Jonty Rhodes, Mark Boucher, Lance Klusener, Claude Henerson, Nicky Boje, Justin Kemp and Makhya Ntini. Kenya: Maurice Odumbe (captain), Jimmy Kamande, Thomas Odoyo, Collins Obuya, David Obuya, Keith Obuya, Ravindu Shah, Martin Suji, Tony Suji, Steve Tikolo, Peter Ongondo and Brijal Patel.

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