Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Previews: New Zealand vs Kenya and South Africa vs Scotland

One of these matches is of course pretty much a foregone conclusion, though Ryan Watson, formerly of South Africa, will be looking to get one over on his youthful playmates, Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher, who he used to captain. Scotland really will be given no chance to cause an upset as Ireland were, because of the strength of the opposition in their group. They should though beat the Netherlands eventually.

The other match could prove to be quite intriguing and England will be watching with interest, attempting to gauge just how much of a threat Kenya are with their three pronged spin attack. If they are able to run New Zealand close then England will face a real challenge in overcoming the Kenyans come Saturday. It is interesting to note that Bangladesh brought about India's demise through the use of three spinners. The word is that New Zealand are contemplating squad rotation, playing with fire springs to mind...

New Zealand vs Kenya:

Prediction: Close one prehaps, New Zealand just, but if they are going to rotate the team, then Kenya will really fancy their chances if they win the toss.

Players to watch: Ross Taylor and Steve Tikolo.

South Africa vs Scotland:

Prediction: South Africa, though not with as much ease as against the dutch.

Players to watch: Jaques Kallis again, he loves to cash in and Ryan Watson.

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