Kenya's vain battle against SA

Published: Thursday, September 30, 1999, 5:30 [IST]
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AFP photoJonty Rhodes's spirit of adventurism featured South Africa's recovery-act on Thursday in the LG Cup Nairobi. South Africa, after losing to India, did well to beat Zimbabwe in this four-nation Series. Thus today's game was important for it as only a victory could keep its hopes of making the final round alive. The South African bowlers and fielders had to bring out their best to put out a fighting Kenya by 24 runs with 11 balls to spare. Steve Tikolo was the spirit behind a grand Kenyan rally. Kenya won the toss and chose to field. Its bowlers and fielders did a commendable job today too and by the first ball of the 27th over, they reduced South Africa to an unimpressive 83 for 4. The fifth wicket pair of Jonty Rhodes and Jacques Kallis adopted a bold approach and smashed 73 runs in only 12.2 overs before both of them left in quick succession (158 for 6 in 39.2). The style and method of Rhodes (45 in 46, 2x6, 2x4) and Kallis (39 in 52) seemed to have inspired the batsmen who followed them. Shaun Pollock (30 in 26 balls, 2x6, 1x4) and Mark Boucher (28 not out in 37) sparkled. And so South Africa posted a total of 220 for 7 in 50 overs. So after having complete control of the proceedings till the 30th over, Kenya lost the grip and conceded 119 runs in the next 20 overs. The Kenyan innings could be described almost in an identical fashion. Kenya too struggled to maintain an attractive run-rate for the first 31.5 overs at end of which the score read 96 for five. Then came the brightest moment for the home team. Steve Tikolo (67 in 87 balls 9x4) and Thomas Odoyo (41 in 50, 5x4) who added 60 runs in nine overs and even a Kenyan victory looked possible.

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