WC 2003 - Opener Otieno helps Kenya put up a decent score, 225/6
Published: Saturday, March 8, 2003, 4:02 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
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Cape Town: Kenya's opening batsman Kennedy Otieno rode his luck as the World Cup outsiders put up a spirited performance in their Super Six match against India at Newlands on Friday.The burly Otieno hit 79 as Kenya made 225 for six after winning the toss and electing to bat in the day-night match. Otieno, four days short of his 31st birthday, was the main beneficiary of some shoddy Indian fielding, being dropped three times during his 134-ball innings, which included six fours and two sixes.Otieno and Ravindu Shah put on 75 before Shah was run out for 34 after a mix-up with his long-time opening partner. But India should have dismissed the openers much earlier, at one stage dropping both off successive deliveries.Otieno was put down by Harbhajan Singh at square leg off Ashish Nehra when he had 11. Off the next ball Shah, on 19, was dropped by Dinesh Mongia at slip. When Otieno was on 18 he hit a straight forward chance to Mohammed Kaif at cover off the luckless Nehra. Otieno and Thomas Odoyo (32) shared a 76-run stand for the third wicket before Otieno was bowled between bat and pad by a sharp turner from Harbhajan, seven runs after being dropped again on the midwicket boundary by Mongia off the same bowler.Maurice Odumbe hit an unbeaten 34 off 24 balls as Kenya lifted its scoring rate in the closing overs. He too survived a dropped catch, with Indian captain Saurav Ganguly failing to hold on to a drive at cover off Harbhajan when he had 11. Harbhajan (two for 41) and opening bowler Javagal Srinath (two for 43) were India's most successful bowlers.