WC 2003 - I won't be putting any money on Kenya: Holding

Published: Monday, February 3, 2003, 23:23 [IST]
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Durban: West Indies great Michael Holding gave Kenya little hope of pulling off an upset when it meets India in its World Cup semi-final at Kingsmead on Thursday.

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"I expect India to win," the legendary fast bowler said despite Kenya's valiant fight during the five-wicket defeat against Australia on Saturday."Kenya has done well so far in beating three Test teams (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) but the Test teams it has beaten are not the strongest."India is playing well and is full of confidence so I won't be putting my hand in my pocket and any money on Kenya.

But Kenya beat the West Indies at the 1996 World Cup in Asia so you never know, anything can happen in One-day cricket," Holding, commentating on the tournament for television, said.Turning to the first semi-final between Australia and Sri Lanka at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, Holding said pace was the key to defeating Australia, which is yet to lose a match at this World Cup.

"I think New Zealand would have had a better chance of defeating Australia than Sri Lanka. You need two strike bowlers against Australia. Chaminda Vaas has been bowling very well at the World Cup but one strike bowler is not enough. He only has 10 overs."Muthiah Muralitharan is not a strike bowler. You can decide to see him off, not that the Australian batsmen ever just try to see anyone off - they are all quite aggressive.

"And Holding added that India's pace attack could trouble the strong Australian top order if, as he expected, they faced Ricky Ponting's men in the final."India's two left armers, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra, have been bowling very well. Javagal Srinath is not a youngster anymore but he can still put the ball in the right place."Copyright AFP 2001

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