Durban: Kenya, inspired by middle-aged spinner Asif Karim, gave defending champion Australia a major fright on Saturday and then warned India to expect the same shock treatment when they clashes in the World Cup semi-final here on Thursday. The 39-year-old Karim got rid of skipper Ricky Ponting, Darren Lehmann and Brad Hogg to finish with figures of 3 for 7 in their Kingsmead day-night Super Six clash.
And although the African minnows went down to a five-wicket defeat, acting skipper Hitesh Modi warned India that they are planning a huge upset when they meet in the semi-final."India should watch out. We have nothing to lose and if we believe in ourselves, we can do it," said Modi who deputised for injured Steve Tikolo. "We have done it in the past and we can do it again. With Asif Karim bowling the way he did tonight, the experience is there to do it. It was the spell of his life.
"Karim came out of retirement to play in the World Cup having quit after the last tournament in 1999."It was a wonderful day. There was turn in the wicket for me and by the grace of God I did well," Karim said."I have 20 years of experience in the tank. I retired after the 1999 World Cup but the board asked me to come and play again and it was my duty to serve my country.
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said the workout was a good build-up for their semi-final against Sri Lanka in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday."We've played two matches at Port Elizabeth already so we know the conditions," he said."I have spoken to the groundsman and he has said it should be a better wicket than it has been so we are looking forward to it."Copyright AFP 2001