Kenya struggles to 90 against India

Published: Saturday, October 13, 2001, 3:09 [IST]
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Bloemfontein (South Africa): India ran through the batting order of the inexperienced Kenyans to bowl them out for its lowest One-day International total in a triangular series match on Friday.Ajit Agarkar took four wickets for 27 runs while Anil Kumble claimed three for 14 as the Kenyans were bundled out for 90 runs in 37.1 overs. Kenya's previous lowest was 103 against South Africa in Nairobi in 1996. The Kenyan total was also the second lowest by any team against India after the 87 by Pakistan in Sharjah in 1985. It was a pathetic display by the Kenyans whose troubles started in the second over of the innings when Agarkar uprooted the stumps of Ravindu Shah. That started a collapse none of the Kenyan batsman were able to avert. They were tottering at 50 for seven at the halfway stage and from that perspective the lower order batsmen did well to add 40 more runs. Tony Suji was the top-scorer for Kenya remaining unbeaten on 18. Other notable contributions came from Collins Otieno (Obuya) who made 16 and his brother Kennedy Oteino (Obuya) who was the fifth man out for 14. But, it was the Indian bowlers' day as they totally outwitted the opposition and forced them into committing mistakes. As many as five batsmen were trapped leg before wicket and another four were clean bowled. Agarkar started in an inspired burst claiming two wickets in his first two overs after the Kenyans elected to bat on what looked like a good batting track. He bowled Shah with an inswinger that went between the bat and pads and uprooted the stumps of David Oteino (Obuya) in his next over with a sharp yorker. Both the batsmen failed to open their account. Buhe biggest setback to the Kenyans came when their most experienced batsman Steve Tikolo was caught behind off Agarkar for just one. Tikolo attempted a wide slash but only managed to get a thin edge and wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta took a regulation catch. At 13 for three, Kenya was already in dire straits but it was just the beginning. Kumble, who was introduced into the attack in the 14th over, trapped three batsmen, including their captain Maurice Odumbe, leg before wicket to have the Kenyans reeling at 43 for six in the 22nd over. Agarkar got another leg before decision, against Martin Suji, to make it 50 for seven. Meanwhile, Thomas Odoyo was involved in an interesting mix-up before becoming the third victim on Kumble. In the 19th over, by Indian captain Saurav Ganguly, Odoyo was given run out by leg- umpire Dave Orchard, who gave his decision without consulting the third umpire. After the batsman had walked out of the ground, the umpire apparently had a rethink and decided to change his decision and called back the batsman. Odoyo, however, could not last long and was out two overs later.

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