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Kenya captain says SL is under pressure

"We have nothing to lose," Jimmy Kamande told a news conference on Monday.

February 28, 2011, 6:52 PM IST
Kenya captain says SL is under pressure

Colombo: Kenya captain Jimmy Kamande believes that co-host Sri Lanka will be under more pressure than his struggling team when they meet in the World Cup on Tuesday.

"We have nothing to lose," Kamande told a news conference on Monday.

"They are the ones who would be under pressure to perform at home. And now, obviously, having lost to Pakistan, it's a must-win game for them."

Sri Lanka lost narrowly to Pakistan by 11 runs, while Kenya has made a dismal start to the World Cup with heavy defeats by New Zealand and Pakistan. Its third opponent in Group A is among the favorites for the tournament.

Kenyan batsmen have racked up only 181 runs in two matches and its bowlers equalled the world record of most extras in one-day internationals by conceding 37 runs against Pakistan.

"Obviously we haven't been on the top form," Kamande said. "I still believe we haven't expressed ourselves well enough."

Kamande reshuffled the batting order after New Zealand bowled out Kenya for 69 runs, but it made little difference when Pakistan dismissed the 2003 semifinalist for just 112 after posting a mammoth 317-7.

"Some changes have to be done, batting order maybe," Kamande said. "You can't continue doing the same thing because tomorrow we have a third game against another top side."

The Kenyan captain wanted his players to show more commitment against Test nations than they have in the two matches to date.

"We are going to go out there and give our 110 per cent tomorrow," he said. "We just want to do the basics right, we don't want to complicate the game."

Off the field, Cricket Kenya chief Samir Inamdar is reported to have cited differences between players and coach Eldine Baptiste as the reason for the African nation's two heavy defeats.

But Kamande said his team was united.

"When the team loses, people try to find a way for excuses (but) there's no excuses on those lines," he said. "We are very solid and we are all together as one."

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