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There is no reason why we should not do well: Tikolo

Published: Saturday, February 15, 2003, 2:58 [IST]
 
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Cape Town: Kenya's frontline batsman Steve Tikolo on Friday warned World Cup rivals not to under-estimate his team's chance of making the Super Six round despite being hammered by South Africa in its first match. "There is no reason why we should not do well," said Tikolo who was a member of the Kenyan team which beat the West Indies in one of the biggest World Cup upsets in 1996.

"At this year's World Cup we have about seven members of the team who beat the West Indies. We have the experience to go far." Kenya takes on Canada in a day-night game at Newlands on Saturday. The Canadians are riding high after a shock win over Bangladesh in its first match. Another victory for the Canadians here will put Kenya in danger of finishing last in Group 'B'. Tikolo said the 10-wicket defeat against the South Africans on Wednesday was the result of team-mates being too eager to perform.

"Our batsmen were too tense, instead of being relaxed," he told SAPA news agency. "That is why we batted disappointingly against South Africa." Canadian coach Gus Logie, the former West Indian Test batsman, hopes his side will build on its victory over Bangladesh, its first ever success at the World Cup. "There is no reason why we can't win, but we do not want to put pressure on ourselves by focusing too much on the outcome," Logie said.

"We must play our best and also enjoy the World Cup experience." Kenya beat Canada in an Emerging Nations tournament organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Namibia last year, but Tikolo would not take victory for granted again. "They are a good side and we will have to work really hard," he said. Christo Erasmus, head groundsman at Newlands, said the pitch will probably play slower than it did in the opening match between South Africa and the West Indies last Sunday. The pitch will continue to have bounce, but it will still be in the batsmen's favour," he said.

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