World Cup Cricket News 16/03/03
Report By Shane Dell
With the Super Six stage of the World Cup tournament now complete, the four qualifying teams for the Semi-Final stage have now been decided.
Australia, India, Kenya and Sri Lanka will now play off to decide which two teams will meet in the tournament Final scheduled to be played at The Wanderers on 23 March.
The Semi-Final competition begins on 18 March when Australia meets Sri Lanka at St Georgeís Park in Port Elizabeth, a ground that should favour the Sri Lankan spinners due to itís lack of bounce and slow pace. But, the Australianís have come through the Pool stage and Super Six stage of the tournament and will be very hard to beat, no matter the playing conditions.
In the second Semi-Final match scheduled to be played at Kingsmead in Durban on 20 March, India will meet Kenya in a match that should see the Indians advance to the Final. The Kenyans who have been the surprise packet of the World Cup, caused India some trouble when they met in the Pool stage, but the Indians are in blistering form at the moment with Sachin Tendulkar in what has been described by many, as the best form of his career.
No doubt, tournament organisers will be in favour of an Australia v India final, as will the supporters from both these countries, but both Kenya and Sri Lanka should not be overlooked and are able to trouble both their competitors if a little luck falls their way.