Bloemfontein (South Africa): India crushed Kenya by 10 wickets in a one-sided triangular Limited Overs match at Springbok Park on Friday. Kenya was bowled out for 90, its lowest total in One-day Internationals, and India needed just 11.3 overs to race to victory. Indian fast bowler Ajit Agarkar and leg spinner Anil Kumble sent Kenya crashing. Man-of-the-match Agarkar ripped out the first three Kenyan batsmen in his first four overs. He finished with four for 27. Then Kumble bowled an immaculate 10-over spell, taking three for 14. Chasing a low target, India gave Virendra Sehwag and Deep Dasgupta a chance to bat ahead of regular openers Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. Sehwag played some dazzling strokes to hit 55 not out with 10 fours off 43 balls. Kenya, rank outsiders in a tournament in which South Africa and India are virtually assured of playing in the final, was in trouble almost immediately after winning the toss and deciding to bat on a good pitch. It was watched by Warwickshire and former South African coach Bob Woolmer, appointed by the International Cricket Council as a High Performance Manager, charged with overseeing the preparations of non-Test countries, including Kenya, for the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. Kenyan captain Maurice Odumbe remained upbeat after the game, however, despite having to take on South Africa in a day game in Kimberley on Sunday. "At the moment a lot of things are going wrong but it is a big boost that Bob Woolmer will be with us for the remainder of the series. Maybe he'll give us a few tips on the South African players." Indian captain Ganguly said his team needed to keep working on its game if it was to win the series. "Kenya is still learning and we need to keep improving," he said. Agarkar took wickets in his first and second overs, bowling Ravindu Shah and David Otieno, both for nought. At that stage, Kenya's five runs had come from two no balls and three wides. Agarkar then struck a crippling blow by having Steve Tikolo, Kenya's star batsman, caught behind for a single. Kumble's leg-spinners and googlies accounted for the next three wickets, all to lbw decisions, with the Kenyans unable to counter deliveries which hurried straight through. Among Kumble's victims was Thomas Odoyo, who benefitted from an unusual reprieve. Odoyo had made nine when he was adjudged run out by square leg umpire Dave Orchard. But Orchard also asked television umpire Wilf Diedricks to check the decision. Odoyo was already climbing the steps to the dressing room when he was told he was not out. He made only three more before being trapped by Kumble. Tony Suji and a spirited Collins Otieno put on 23 for the eighth wicket but it was not enough to prevent Kenya from being dismissed for an all-time low. Batsman Jacob Martin was included in the Indian side in place of Shiv Sunder Das in the only change from the side that beat South Africa by 41 runs at Centurion on Wednesday. Ganguly said Das was still suffering from the effects of a blow on the back of his head while fielding at short leg on Wednesday.
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