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Sri Lanka v Kenya, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo

Failure to bat 50 overs worries Kamande

Osman Samiuddin at the Premadasa

March 1, 2011

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For 94 runs and nearly 30 overs Kenya clung on. The brothers Obuya, Collins and David, kept out Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis building a mirage of a platform. The late-overs boost was never going to materialise, but two fifties - well-made ones in fact - was a small triumph in a tournament of batting misery.

A total of 142 all out is improvement of some kind on previous scores of 69 and 112 but as the captain Jimmy Kamande said later, it was nowhere close to being good enough. "I thought [David and Collins] batted very well, but they didn't bat through and that's the only thing we needed to do today. One of the batsmen who was settled in must bat through 50 overs, but we couldn't do that."

Either side of that stand, Kenya were blown aside by Lasith Malinga, whose hat-trick sealed off a collapse of eight wickets for just 40 runs. The brothers and extras (19) were the only double-figure scores in the entire innings. In their defence, Kenya are not the first side to fall to Malinga.

"It's not easy to face him," Kamande said. "It's always been a difficult one, a big challenge because Malinga is a different type of style and technique. But we are here to do the job which we didn't do. Our big concern is we are not batting out our 50 overs. That's the one area we want to work on very, very hard because you can't win matches without batting your full quota of overs.

Elijah Otieno watches his stump get uprooted, Sri Lanka v Kenya, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 1, 2011
Kenya's 142 is their highest score in three games © AFP

"The wicket looked solid for batting but the only difference was the spell that Malinga came out to bowl. Maybe we were a bit slow in our batting, but that was also because of tight bowling from Sri Lanka and batting under lights is not something which Kenyans are used to so I thought batting first was the best option."

The upside for Kenya is that two of their next three games, against Zimbabwe and Canada, are ones they will expect to win. "Playing Sri Lanka and playing against Pakistan, those two games were very, very tough for us because both are top Test sides," Kamande said. They now travel to Delhi to take on Canada on March 7, for what Kamande said was a "must-win" game for the side.

Not helping matters has been the environment in which the game was played, soon after comments from Kenya's chief Samir Inamdar who said recently that differences between the coach Eldine Baptiste and senior players had affected the side's performances.

As he did prior to the game, Kamande played down the comments, insisting that the unit was "very solid together." "The whole squad I know is giving is 110 per cent," Kamande said. "You don't need to tell anyone you need to perform against Canada. After all these tough matches against Test sides that's what we need to show, that we have learnt from them. Canada have also suffered big defeats and we know they will also come hard at us and that's what we should be prepared for."

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
Kenya 188 10 0 34/2 9/0 - 15/6 (43.4) 3/9
Sri Lanka 59 23 0 81/1 15/1 (15-18.4) - - 1/7

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Posted by Sagar on (March 2, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

do you think Ireland have good enough bowlers to 20 wickets in test matches ??? most of their bowlers are slow medium bowlers who rely on Slower deliveries to dry up runs in ODI's but can those will be effective in test matches ???

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 2, 2011, 6:17 GMT)

It should be always remembered that we are talking about World Cup...which means all the Cricket playing nations should participate and test their strengths. Also Cricket is a game where we can't under estimate any team and sometimes only a player wins the total match (Man of the Match) and he can be from the weaker team!!! More over you can't learn swimming by practicing it in your bed you should always jump into the water to learn it !!! So let teams like Kenya play with dough teams and consequently promote them for coming seasons.

Posted by Adarsh on (March 2, 2011, 0:25 GMT)

kriskini- are we forgetting the 2003 world cup when Kenya reached the semis and Ireland the super 6 in 2007? It is all lack of exposure and matches. To play and learn from the bigger teams is vital in going forward but not by playing 2-3 matches in 5 years!

Posted by Simon on (March 1, 2011, 23:14 GMT)

Kenya has made the semi finals more times than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Ireland beat Pakistan at the 2007 WC. Already the Dutch and Ireland have aquitted themselves well against test nations. Kenya have misfired and so has Canada. But that is not an argument against associates. In fact it is an argument that associates should be playing more against these teams, rather than less. Remember Sri Lanka's first foray into the WC, it was pretty bad. Zimbabwe won their first WC match, thats true, but what have they done lately? And it has only been recently that Bangladesh have performed consistantly at ODI level. There is no reason why, given more matches at the top level, teams like Ireland and Holland (which have shown a marked improvement since their first world cups) cannot perform regularly at this level. Well, the only reason they cant is the I.C.C. and people who think cricket should be at 10 teams. Let the boys play, so they can become men.

Posted by R on (March 1, 2011, 20:39 GMT)

Kenya, Canada, Netherlands and Ireland are incredibly distanced from the performances of Bangladesh when it was an associate member.

The ICC erred in including these nations in the World Cup. Sure they want to popularize the game, but whatever happened to standards. Having said that, as a WI but more importantly, someone with an appreciation for standards, I would advocate relegation for the WI and perhaps New Zealand if they continue to perform as pathetically as they have been doing.

Posted by Big on (March 1, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

Such a one sided game.It again brings up the question on why associates needs more exposure with the top playing teams outside of worldcup. Its not a good practice to have them in WC and not see the top teams for another 4 years. Better yet let the associates play with top teams in warm-ups rather then actual WC.

Posted by kris on (March 1, 2011, 18:06 GMT)

The associates are like when the adults play they include kids but they are not actually counted. This sort of result is very encouraging to avoid associates in the next world cup. Assoicate is yet to win a match against a top nation. Even if they do in upsetting one or 2 matches what is the use. Most of the matches are meaning less.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 1, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

An Associate doing the Associate cause good once again! Still, reducing to 12 teams is the wrong thing to do. Having Ireland or Afghanistan in future World Cup's will add credibility and over time they will always out perform the weaker Associates. The ICC are to blame for Kenya's plight, missing the ship when they should have given them Test status after 2003. What about Ireland? Why the wait there for Test status????

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