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Kenya opens up Pool 'B'

Our Correpondent in Mumbai | February 24, 2003 21:08 IST

Kenya's shock victory over Sri Lanka in Nairobi has thrown Pool 'B' into a tizzy.

Before the World Cup began a little over two weeks ago, Pool 'A', which has India, Pakistan, Australia and England, was seen to be the pool of death. But after 27 matches, it is Pool 'B' that has thrown up all the surprises.

First, West Indies toppled the tournament co-favourites, South Africa. Then New Zealand beat South Africa using the help of M/s Duckworth and Lewis in a rain-marred match. And now Kenya, who shocked West Indies in the 1996 World Cup, in Pune, has tripped Sri Lanka on its winning run in the preliminaries.

To be sure, Sri Lanka still head the pool with 12 points, but they are now joined by Kenya at the top of the table who too have 12 points from four matches. Kenya play Bangladesh and a victory there will take the tally to 16 points, and a possible berth in the Super Six stage of the tournament. 

Sri Lanka's seemingly smooth ride to the top of the pool has now been halted. They can still go into the Super Six but need to win at least one of their next two matches. If Sri Lanka beat West Indies and lose to South Africa, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Kenya will be tied at 16 points each. Then, South Africa and Kenya would progress, having beaten two of the three other teams.

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Sub: RE:kenya shocks srilanka

Sri Lanka will get through as they have beaten New Zealand

Posted by Ajay Samant

Sub: which will be the third team

If WI lose to SL then the maximum points it can get is 14. So what about the third team to qualify. The third team ...

Posted by maben

Sub: Further Analysis

If Srilanka lost both its matches against SA and WI, SL will be out of the tournament and then WI will go through ( with ...

Posted by Madhava

Sub: Surprizeeeeeee

Well it was a well deserve win by the Keneyans and i think there r some more cards to be open in group B. The ...

Posted by Siddharth

Sub: Pool B : South Africa Vs Sri Lanka game very crucial

Pool B now will have 5 teams struggling for super six spot, Sri lanka, west Indies, new Zealand, South Africa, Kenya But South Africa Vs ...

Posted by R. N. Mehta


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