WC 2003 - Kenya one foot away from semis, Zim collapses for 133
Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2003, 22:52 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
African brothers to battle for survival in Super Six
Bloemfontein: Kenya had one foot in the World Cup semi-finals after bowling out Zimbabwe for just 133 in 44.1 overs in its Super Six match here at Goodyear Park on Wednesday.Victory will take the non-Test nation into the tournament's last four while a defeat for its fellow Africans would end Zimbabwe's faltering campaign with a match to spare.Only star batsman Andy Flower, with a battling 63, Douglas Marillier, 21 and Dion Ebrahim, with 13, managed double figures after Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak won the toss and chose to bat.Martin Suji, with three for 19, made the early breakthroughs before leg spinner Collins Obuya, who finished with three for 32, ripped through the middle-order."Collins only finished school last year and has worked really hard on his leg spinners since then," said proud brother and wicket-keeper Kennedy Otieno. We always speak in the morning about where he's going to bowl and then he always does the best he can."The wicket doesn't look that bad to me. We will apply ourselves and play positively and I am sure we can reach the target." It was medium-pacer Thomas Odoyo, who captured the prize wicket of Andy Flower who confirmed on Tuesday that he will bring down the curtain on his international career as soon as the World Cup ends.The left-hander was bowled round his legs having faced 101 balls.Former captain Alistair Campbell, drafted into the squad following Mark Vermeulen's skull fracture, managed just seven before he was lbw to Suji on a slow pitch where runs were hard to come by.Zimbabwe's innings was summed up by the comical run out of Andy Blignaut for four. After Flower called him through and then sent him back, both batsmen ended up diving into the striker's end as Maurice Odumbe's throw arrowed into keeper Kennedy Otieno, who sprinted down the pitch to complete the run out.The score of 95 for six became 97 for seven when Streak, who made an unbeaten 72 in his team's opening Super Six defeat against New Zealand on Saturday, went for nought, caught at slip by Ravindu Shah off Obuya.Marillier got Zimbabwe to a score that could yet trouble the Kenyans if they are struck down by nerves before he was last man out, bowled by captain Steve Tikolo.Zimbabwe recalled Henry Olonga for his first World Cup appearance since he and Flower staged their controversial black armband protest against President Robert Mugabe's regime during the team's tournament opener against Namibia in Harare on February 10.They may have realised they were in for a difficult day when selector Andy Pycroft resigned citing communication difficulties.