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Last Updated:  Sunday, 16 March, 2003, 13:42 GMT
Srinath warns of complacency
Fast bowler Javagal Srinath says Kenya will provide a stern test for India when they meet in the semi-finals next Thursday.

Javagal Srinath congratulates Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra and Javagal Srinath have been in the wickets

Fans and commentators alike are already preparing themselves for an India v Australia final in Johannesburg next Sunday.

But fast bowler Srinath insists the Kenyans will offer a stern test, especially after their resilient performance against the world champions in Durban on Saturday.

Steve Tikolo's side gave the Indians an almighty scare in the Super Sixes, a match India won by six wickets thanks to a 118-run unbroken stand between captain Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh.

"The Kenyans are a good side," said Srinath.

"It is a do-or-die situation for us and Kenya caused us a hiccup when we played them in Cape Town."

The 33-year-old has been a revelation since coming out of international retirement for the World Cup, capturing 15 wickets at an average of 18.06.

And his task has been made easier thanks to fellow seamers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra.

The left-arm duo have added a new dimension to the Indian attack, a quality which Srinath believes has transformed the team.

"The guys (Zaheer and Nehra) are the best thing to happen to the Indian side," he said. "I hope they both have long futures playing for India."

Ganguly's side have enjoyed huge support wherever they have played in South Africa.

And the Kingsmead ground in Durban is likely to be full of partisan Indian supporters, thanks to the city's large population of expatriates from the sub-continent.

The Indian players earned themselves a well-deserved day off on Sunday, but their preparations for Kenya begin in earnest on Monday morning with a rigorous two-and-a-half hour training session.




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