Benoni: Jacques Kallis and Neil McKenzie guided South Africa to a comfortable seven- wicket win over Kenya in its triangular Limited Overs series match at Willowmoore Park on Sunday. Kallis made 54 and McKenzie an unbeaten 49 as South Africa gained its second successive win after beating India by six wickets in Johannesburg on Friday. Despite an impressive half-century by Steve Tikolo, Kenyas 159 for seven was never likely to be enough to put the powerful South African team under pressure and the home side won with 16.2 overs to spare. Tikolo's unbeaten 68 off 83 balls was a high-quality innings but he was almost alone in his ability to score freely against South Africa's accurate pace bowling attack. The other batsmen showed reasonable defensive technique but were unable to force the pace, although skipper Maurice Odumbe made a useful 24 off 41 balls in helping Tikolo add 55 in 13 overs for the fourth wicket in the only substantial partnership of the innings. Kenya was in trouble from the start when Kennedy Otieno was caught behind off South African captain Shaun Pollock for nought. Ravindu Shah and David Otieno were painfully slow as they added 26 for the second wicket in more than 15 overs. When Shah did manage to play an on-drive past bowler Makhaya Ntini, his foot slipped and he stepped onto his wicket to be out after making only eight off 50 balls. Tikolo, 30, confirmed his standing as Kenya's leading player with a confident innings. He reached his half-century off 66 balls with six fours and hit two more boundaries before the end of the innings. Tikolo was hampered by the inability of his partners, with the exception of Odumbe, to feed him the strike. At one stage he faced only six balls in six overs. Poor running between wickets added to Kenya's problems. Pollock was South Africa's most successful bowler, taking two for 19 in 10 overs, a performance which won him the man of the match award. South Africa's in-form openers, Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs, both failed, making 17 and 20 respectively. Both fell to attempted pull shots, which they mistimed on a slow pitch. Kirsten edged Thomas Odoyo into his stumps, while Gibbs was unlucky when a ball from Odoyo hit his thigh pad and brushed his glove before looping to gully. Kallis, who earlier took a spectacular catch to dismiss Odoyo after running back 15 metres from mid-on and then diving at full length, batted solidly for his 54 before being caught behind off a ball from leg spinner Collins Otieno, which bounced unexpectedly. Otieno, 20, one of three brothers in the Kenyan side, looked a good prospect. Playing in his fourth One-day International, he took one for 45 in 9.4 overs and troubled both Kallis and McKenzie. McKenzie looked set for a half-century when he pulled Otieno for four off the first ball of what proved to be the final over of the match to go to 49 but the winning runs came from two byes when a ball spun sharply past wicket-keeper David Otieno.
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