Canada have the edge over Kenya (Preview)

March 6th, 2011 - 9:00 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Canada will have an edge over Kenya when the two minnows clash in a World Cup Group A match at the Ferozshah Kotla here Monday.

Kenyan captain Jimmy Kamande might describe playing the fellow associate nation as their “best chance” to win a match in the World Cup, but going by the recent record, the North American side has the upper hand.

Canada have won three out of the last five One-day Internationals (ODI) against their African rivals with the other two being abandoned.

But there is little to choose between both the sides if one looks at their form in the tournament.

The two teams have lost all the three matches they have played so far. The silver lining for the Canadians has been their spirited performance in the last game against Pakistan in Colombo where they bowled out the sub-continental team for a meagre 184 but could not chase down the target.

Medium pacer Harvir Baidwan (seven wickets) and leg-spinner Balaji Rao (six) have been impressive with the ball so far but it is the fragile batting that has let the team down. Three matches have gone by and none of the batsmen have managed to score a fifty. In the Pakistan game, they got all out for 138 after being 100 for three at one stage.

“We batted consistently for around 40 overs in the Pakistan game but batting has been a bit of a problem and it has been tough out there. We hope to perform better against Kenya,” said captain Ashish Bagai.

Kenya’s performance in the tournament has also been dismal, to say the least. The 2003 World cup semifinalists have not been able to make an impact with both the bat and the ball. Barring the two half centuries by the Obuya brothers (David and Collin) against Sri Lanka, the Kenyans have nothing much to show. The 20-year-old opening batsman Seren Waters has not fired in the three matches but will be expected to come good Monday.

The team’s chances will also depend a lot on how veteran players Steve Tikolo and Thomas Odoyo fare in the remaining games.

“We are very disappointed with how things have panned out but we are capable of a better show. We will bounce back,” said skipper Jimmy Kamande.

The teams (from):

Canada: Ashish Bagai (captain/wicketkeeper), Rizwan Cheema, Harvir Baidwan, Nitish Kumar, Hiral Patel, Tyson Gordon, Henry Osinde, John Davison, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Parth Desai, Karl Whatham, Khurram Chohan, Jimmy Hansra, Zubin Surkari, Balaji Rao

Kenya: Jimmy Kamande (captain), Seren Waters, Alex Obanda, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Steve Tikolo, Tanmay Mishra, Rakep Patel, Morris Ouma (wicketkeeper), Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Peter Ongondo, Shem Ngoche, James Ngoche

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