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India 'A' crushes Kenya in 4-day match

Published: Saturday, August 28, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Nairobi:A double century by Venogopal Rao and a fine contribution of 102 not out from teammate Ambati Rayudu propelled India 'A' to a huge victory of an innings and 223 runs over Kenya in the four-day match at Nairobi's Ruaraka Sports Club.

Resuming on 157 on the second day of their first innings, Rao batted brilliantly to reach 200 runs not out before the Indians declared on 510.

But a depleted Kenyan side, which had made 116 in their first innings, were no-match to the opposition and were all out for 168, thus bringing an early end to the match.

Ravindu Shah top-scored with 44, but the opener, who played with a sore toe, could not produce his magic which has seen him set a first class record for Kenya by scoring 247 runs in the four-day game.

Middle order batsman Hitesh Modi and fast bowler Thomas Odoyo did not play due to injuries and may not be available for the final three-dayer starting on Wednesday.

The match will act as Kenya's last build-up for the ICC Champions Trophy in England in September.

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