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World Cup Betting: Sri Lanka v Kenya

Match Previews RSS / Ed Hawkins / 28 February 2011 /

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Lasith Malinga could return

Lasith Malinga could return

"There have been reports of discord in the Kenya camp with players squaring up (idealogically) to coach Eldine Baptiste. "

It's back to the one-sided contests as Sri Lanka host Kenya in Colombo on Tuesday. Ed Hawkins analyses this one. Follow him on Twitter here


London start time: 09.00

Team news
From the sublime to the ridiculous. Following the thrilling clash between India and England in Bangalore, Sri Lanka meet Kenya in a potentially soporific affair.

It would be good if the hosts could unleash Lasith Malinga, the wild fast bowler, to help ensure proceedings are wrapped up quickly. Malinga is yet to play and it would be wise if he was given a cosy route back. Game time for one of their most potent weapons is important.

The very least we expect of an associate team is pluck. But that may be missing from Kenya. There have been reports of discord in the camp with players squaring up (idealogically) to coach Eldine Baptiste.

"The coach has his own way of doing things which did not go down well with some senior players," Kenya chief Samir Inamdar said. "But ultimately, the coach has a duty to do and the players as well have a duty. I hope they will overcome those differences and play well."


Venue and conditions
The RPS in Colombo is a good batting wicket, as proved by the 543 runs scored between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Pakistan won that game as the toss bias proved to be reliable.

The side that bats first has now won 15 of the last 19. That shouldn't concern Sri Lanka this time, however.

Kenya have been bowled out for 112 (against Pakistan) and 69 (against New Zealand) so far. They may improve slightly but it would be a surprise if they breached 200.


Match odds
Kenya are as big as [36.00] and when a side is so massive it takes very little for them to shorten enough for a worthwhile back-to-lay. On the flip side, it will not take must for them to double in price especially if Sri Lanka bat first.


Top batsman - Sri Lanka
Mahela Jayawardene is [5.10] for honours and he may be the best bet in this market. Of course openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan are favoured to go well - they are around [2.40] - but they have looked a little cumbersome so far.


Top batsman - Kenya
Collins Obuya (61) has almost twice as many runs as Seren Waters (33). Both men can be backed at [4.00]. Steve Tikolo is the same price.


Featured market one
There were only three sixes in the previous match at the RPS. And there were only two struck by Sri Lanka against Canada. Between 0-4 sixes is the jolly at [1.40]. Between 5-7 and eight or more are both around [1.70].


Featured market two
Malinga will be included under Any Other for top Sri Lanka bowler if you reckon pace will be Kenya's undoing as it was against New Zealand. The problem is spin was their undoing against Pakistan. And you might have heard that Sri Lanka are well stocked in that department.

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