Livid Sanath slams teammates for amateurish display

Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2003, 4:36 [IST]
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Nairobi: Angry Sri Lanka skipper Sanath Jayasuriya lashed out at his teammates on Monday after they crashed to a sensational 53-run World Cup defeat to Kenya. "This was one of the worst matches of my life. I am very disappointed," confessed the captain. "Their score of 210 was very gettable, but we played like amateurs, not the professionals which we are supposed to be. "We have to forget this as quickly as possible and get on playing good cricket.

This was very bad cricket by all of us." Sri Lankans also saw Kenya leapfrog them at the top of group 'B' from which only three teams qualify for the Super Sixes, a stage of the tournament which veteran Kenyan captain Steve Tikolo was already looking forward to. "It was a fantastic win. I felt we were 30-40 runs short but the bowlers brought us back into the game and was backed up by some excellent fielding.

"Now we have two games to go, against Bangladesh and West Indies, and we won't be taking them lightly - we want to qualify for the Super Sixes," said Tikolo who was one of six survivors on Monday from the Kenyan side which defeated the West Indies by 73 runs in the 1996 World Cup in an upset equally as stunning.

"We were always confident and positive of beating Sri Lanka, especially since we were playing before our home fans," added Tikolo. "Now we will celebrate and then think about the rest of the tournament." Kenya now sits proudly at the top of group 'B' with 12 points ahead of Sri Lanka courtesy of Monday's result. Unheralded spinner Collins Obuya was the man of the moment, taking 5 for 24, the ninth best bowling figures in the history of the World Cup. "I am so happy," said Obuya. "Now I just want to become the best spinner in Kenya!" Copyright AFP 2001

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