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01-Mar-2011 08:52:00 GMT
Sri Lanka v Kenya, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo

Malinga, Mendis Return as Kenya Elect to Bat

Colombo: Kenyan skipper Jimmy Kamande won the toss and decided to bat against Sri Lanka in the World Cup Group A match at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka would look to bounce back after their morale-sapping loss in the last match and avenge their 2003 edition defeat at the hands of Kenya.

Sri Lanka, tipped as one of the title contenders, lost to Pakistan by 11 runs on Saturday and they would look to lift their morale with a big win against the African associate nation.

Sri Lanka ill-afford to take their opponents lightly though Kenya had suffered heavy defeats at the hands of New Zealand and Pakistan in their last two matches and facing internal division with differences between their coach Eldine Baptiste and senior players.

But the last time Sri Lanka and Kenya met in a World Cup encounter was in 2003 and the Africans had stunned the 1996 champions on that occasion with an upset win in Nairobi.

Kenya, on the other hand, are facing trouble ahead of their all-important match with reports of differences between players and coach emerging.

Cricket Kenya chief Samir Inamdar on Sunday blamed differences between the players and West Indian coach Eldine Baptiste for their lacklustre performances so far.

Kenyan captain Jimmy Kamande, however, dismissed suggestions that there was disunity within the squad and promised a better performance on Tuesday.

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