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WC 2003 - India storms into WC final, Kenyas dream run ends

Published: Friday, March 21, 2003, 7:38 [IST]
 
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Indians get into a huddleDurban: Saurav Ganguly's unbeaten hundred took India to its first World Cup final in 20 years after it beat Kenya by 91 runs in the day-night semi-final at Kingsmead here on Thursday.Ganguly, who won the toss, produced a captain's innings of 111 not out in India's commanding 270 for four.Kenya, the first non-Test nation ever to reach this stage of a World Cup, never looked like getting anywhere near such an imposing total, finishing on 179. India clashes with defending champion Australia in Sunday's final at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.Ganguly, bidding to become the first India skipper to lift the World Cup since Kapil Dev in 1983, faced just 114 balls. The left-hander reached his 22nd One-day International century in majestic form with his fifth and final six, off Martin Suji.Ganguly's third hundred in the tournament meant only teammate Sachin Tendulkar, whose 83 took his record aggregate to 669 in this World Cup, had scored more than the Indian captain's tally of 441.It was Ganguly's second hundred against Kenya in two weeks, following the unbeaten 107 he made in India's six-wicket Super Six victory at Cape Town on March 7.Kenya's hard-working attack lacked the pace to worry India although many boundary-destined shots slowed up on an outfield subjected to two days of heavy rain. But, not for the first time at this World Cup, Tendulkar got out when in sight of a hundred as he pulled Kenya skipper Steve Tikolo to deep mid-wicket where David Obuya took a well-judged catch.Tendulkar faced 101 balls and hit one six and five fours, putting on 103 in 120 balls with Ganguly, one of several impressive partnerships for the Indians.After several close calls, India broke through in the ninth over when left-arm quick Zaheer Khan, the pick of the attack with three for 14, had Ravindu Shah (one) leg before.And 20 for one soon became 21 for two when Peter Ongondo, holed out to Zaheer at mid-on off India's other left-arm quick Ashish Nehra, for a five-ball nought.After 15 overs the match was long over as a contest with Kenya 36 for four. Kenya's disappointing day was summed up by the run out of David Obuya for three following Mohammed Kaif's throw to bowler Harbhajan Singh.Tikolo made a gutsy 83-ball 56 to add to the 51 he took off Australia in the Super Sixes. But his lone hand ended when he was bowled by Tendulkar's occasional off spin to leave Kenya 161 for eight in the 44th over and the match ended when Martin Suji was bowled by Zaheer with more than three overs remaining.After Tikolo, extras was Kenya's next best scorer with 39, including 16 byes conceded by Rahul Dravid, which spoke volumes about the sharpness required by India in the field in the final.Copyright AFP 2001

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Scorecard of 2nd Semi-final: India vs Kenya
Ganguly's century no 3 puts India in the driver's seat

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