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ICC Knockout kicks off
October 3, 2000
NAIROBI, OCT 2 (AP) - A dlrs 1 million International Cricket Council Knockout Trophy tournament kicks off Tuesday with India, fresh from a six-wicket warm-up match victory over the West Indies, taking on host Kenya.
The second limited overs competition involves the host and the 10 test-playing nations.
The tournament was set up to fund the ICC's development program. The first ICC Knockout Trophy, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1998, was won by South Africa.
India, Sri Lanka, Australia, the West Indies and England are already in Nairobi while New Zealand, Pakistan and Zimbabwe are due on Wednesday and Thursday.
All the matches will be played at the Nairobi Gymkhana ground where a new wicket has been laid and 400 tons of sand has been used to improve the outfield.
The winner of the Kenya-India match will play Australia on Saturday.
The West Indies take on Sri Lanka in the second match of the tournament Wednesday, while Bangladesh plays England on Thursday.
New Zealand, fresh from its tour of Zimbabwe, are drawn to play the African nation in their first match of the knockout on Oct. 9. South Africa will play the winner of the Bangladesh-England match on Oct 10.
Pakistan will take on the winner of the Sri Lanka-West Indies game on Oct. 8.
The first semifinal will be on Oct. 11 where the winner of the New Zealand-Zimbabwe game will play either Pakistan, Sri Lanka or the West Indies.
The second semifinal will be on Oct. 13 with either Australia, Kenya or India taking on the winner of the South Africa/Bangladesh/England group.
The final will take place on Sunday, Oct. 15.
In a pre-tournament warm up game Sunday, the West Indies, which is making its first trip to Kenya, struggled to 170 for 6 in their 50 overs against India with Brian Lara out for a duck.
Venkatesh Prasad took 3 wickets for 27 runs.
India passed the target off just 33.4 overs for the loss of 4 wickets with Yuvraj Singh making an unbeaten 51.
In another game Sunday, Sri Lanka hammered Bangladesh by 9 wickets.
Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya scored 63 off 42 balls with five sixes before he retired paving way for Marvan Attapattu (33) and Mahela Jayawardene (37) to surpass Bangladesh's score of 168 all out.