WC 2003 - I will be supporting the Kenyans: Ponting

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2003, 1:41 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Having ensconsed itself in the World Cup final, to be played on a wicket that suits it, favourite Australia want minnow Kenya to join it there instead of India.With 10 consecutive wins in this tournament, the Australians are unlikely to be worried about who are their final opponents.But Ponting hoped it will be Kenya, which takes on India in Thursday's second semi-final at Durban."They're one of the only minnow sides that had a real crack and tried to take on the bigger sides head-on," the Australian captain said.Australia received a scare during their five-wicket win on Saturday night in Durban when Kenyan spinner Asif Karim pinned it against the wall with three wickets for two runs in eight overs."We saw that the other night," Ponting said. "We had them in trouble early on and they fought really hard and got themselves 170 on the board and gave themselves a chance to win."I'm happy they are there and I will be supporting them."The Australians will, however, be ready for India too, particularly star batsman Sachin Tendulkar who already has a record 586 runs in the tournament.That belief was backed up by batsman Darren Lehmann."The team has really pulled through. No one has really stood out except, in the batting, Andrew Symonds."There has been a lot of chopping and changing because of the injuries we've had and if some players have struggled, there have been others who have come to take up the slack."Everyone in this team has chipped in."The Australians only concern ahead of the final is Damien Martyn who missed the semi-final because of a broken finger but he still has an outside chance of playing.Copyright AFP 2001

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