WC 2003 - Odumbes half-ton rescues Kenyan WC dream, 217 for 7
Published: Saturday, March 1, 2003, 23:01 [IST]
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Kenya captain Tikolo elects to bat against Bangladesh
Johannesburg: Veteran all-rounder Maurice Odumbe came to the rescue of Kenya's World Cup campaign when he hit an unbeaten 52 off 46 balls as his side made 217 for seven from 50 overs in its Group B match against Bangladesh at the Wanderers on Saturday.With Kenya struggling to make any headway, Odumbe arrived at the crease with the score at 116 for four in the 33rd over and hit a quick fire half century, his second of the tournament, to take his side to a reasonable total.He was helped in his late onslaught by Collins Obuya and by some poor fielding which saw Bangladesh drop four catches. The man who bowled Kenya to victory in its shock win over Sri Lanka on Monday was this time showing his prowess with the bat as he hammered a valuable 22 off 21 balls including the innings' only six.Kenya lost opener Kennedy Otieno after just three balls when he edged a ball from Manjural Islam to skipper Khaled Mashud behind the stumps for nought with the score on one.Otieno had made 60 against Sri Lanka but Brijal Patel and Ravindu Shah mounted a recovery putting on 67 before Manjural took a fine catch on the boundary to dismiss Patel off Khaled Mahmud having made 32 off 60 balls.Shah then cut loose hitting two big boundaries off Mohammad Rafique in the 21st over, but a third attempt failed as he was caught in the covers by Akram Khan having made 37.Skipper Steve Tikilo, with 27 off 45 balls, was next to go bowled round his legs trying to sweep Sanwar Hossein in the 33rd over as Kenya tried to up the run rate, conscious of the fact that his side had made just 94 off the first 25 overs.Sanwar then accounted for Hitesh Modi who skied a return catch to the off spinner after a lacklustre 12 runs before having Thomas Odoyo lbw for 19.Adding spice to the encounter is the fact that Bangladesh was promoted ahead of Kenya to be become cricket's 10th Test nation.Bangladesh has lost 16 of its 17 Tests and has also been defeated in 28 of its last 30 One-dayers, the other two games being rain-affected washouts. Its dreadful record prompted Kenya coach Sandeep Patil to say earlier this week, "To tell you the truth, if Bangladesh can play Test cricket, there is no reason why we can't.