Port Elizabeth (South Africa): Five days after being humiliated by the same opponents, Kenya pulled off a shock 70-run win over India in the triangular Limited Overs series day-night match at St George's Park on Wednesday.
Joseph Angara, 30, playing in his eighth One-day International, was an unlikely hero for Kenya, dismissing three top Indian batsmen for 30 runs. Kenya overcame the suspension of captain Maurice Odumbe and a heart attack suffered by manager Mehmood Kurashy, as it beat a Test nation for only the third time in its One-day International history. "We're over the moon. We did it for our manager and for Maurice," said Kenya's stand- in captain, Steve Tikolo. "We played poor cricket," said Indian captain Saurav Ganguly. "All credit to the Kenyans, they played better than us in all aspects." Angara was picked for the first time in the tournament after watching his side being outclassed in its three previous outings. Angara, bowling a steady line and length, started with four successive maiden overs, which included the key wicket of Indian star Sachin Tendulkar, who was bowled off an inside edge for three. Ganguly hit two sixes in Angara's fifth over but fell victim to Thomas Odoyo for 24 when the all-rounder replaced Angara in the 14th over. Ganguly played across the line, the ball flicked his thigh pad and hit his leg stump. Tony Suji took two wickets with successive balls when he had Rahul Dravid caught behind, then bowled Yuvraj Singh off an inside edge. Jacob Martin (36) and Reetinder Singh Sodhi (21) gave India hope in a fifth wicket stand of 37 before Angara returned to the attack and dismissed both batsmen, Sodhi falling to a sensational diving catch at backward point by Collins Otieno. With his side's cause almost hopeless, Harbhajan Singh slammed 37 off 30 balls. He was dropped twice as Kenya's fielders showed signs of panic in the swirling wind before he skied a third chance and was held at mid-wicket by Ravindu Shah, one of Kenya's batting heroes. India rested both its regular opening bowlers, Javagal Srinath and Ajit Agarkar and the Kenyan opening batsmen, Shah and Kennedy Otieno, took full advantage as they put on 121 for the first wicket. Shah, who made 55 against South Africa in Kimberley on Sunday, again played a cultured innings, making 50 off 75 balls with five fours. Otieno provided the fireworks, hitting three sixes and six fours in scoring 64 off 95 balls before he hit a towering catch to long-off in the 28th over. Shah was out in the next over, when he lapped off spinner Harbhajan Singh to backward square leg. It was a critical time for the Kenyans, but Tikolo and Odoyo put on 80 in 14 overs with Odoyo slamming 51 off 50 balls with six fours and a six. Odoyo, 23, who made his first international half century in 39 matches against South Africa Sunday, repeated the feat before holing out to deep mid-wicket.
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