Kenyas elects to bat; Langeveldt replaces Donald for SA

Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Potchefstroom (South Africa): Kenya won the toss and decided to bat against South Africa in the World Cup match at the North West Stadium on Wednesday. South Africa made only one change from the side that lost by three runs against the West Indies in Cape Town on Sunday with fast bowler Charl Langeveldt replacing Allan Donald, who bowled poorly against the West Indies.

"It is a selection issue. Allan Donald was fit for selection," said a team spokesman. The side reflected a change of policy because it had been anticipated that fringe players would play against some of the non-Test teams. Following the defeat in its opening match, it appeared South Africa wanted to field a team close to full strength in an attempt to make sure of getting a win. Kenya, which has lost all seven of their previous encounters against South Africa, is playing in its first match of the tournament. The weather was hot and sunny.

Teams: South Africa: Shaun Pollock (captain), Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten, Boeta Dippenaar, Jacques Kallis, Jonty Rhodes, Mark Boucher, Lance Klusener, Nicky Boje, Makhaya Ntini and Charl Langeveldt.

Kenya: Steve Tikolo (captain), Kennedy Otieno, Ravindu Shah, Brijal Patel, Hitesh Modi, Maurice Odumbe, Thomas Odoyo, Collins Obuja, Martin Suji, Peter Ongondo and Aasif Karim.

Umpires: Tyron Wijewardene (Sri Lanka), Kevan Barbour (Zimbabwe).

TV umpire: Neil Mallender (England).

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka).

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