NZ shoot out Kenya for 69

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Published: Sunday, February 20, 2011, 11:30 [IST]
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NZ shoot out Kenya for 69

In their Group A encounter at Chepauk in Chennai, New Zealand simply dominated Kenya, bowling out the eastern Africans for a paltry 69 in 23.5 overs. After an initial burst from Hamish Bennett in which the Kiwi paceman picked up four key Kenyan wickets, Jacob Oram came to the party, rattling the middle order with a couple of wickets. Tim Southee pitched in with two more scalps before Oram wrapped up the innings. Seren Waters top-scored for his side with 16 while Rakep Patel was stranded on the same score.

The Kenyan innings began on a circumspect note, with the openers Seren Waters and Alex Obanda watchfully playing the pace of Tim Southee and the spin of Nathan McCullum. After dabbing the ball for occasional singles, Obanda was trapped in front by Southee for 6 off 19 balls and Kenya were 14/1 in 7 overs.

Then in a bid to up the abysmal run-rate, new batsman Collins Obuya lofted and swept McCullum for two fours in the 8th over, as Kenya moved to 23/1. Then at the end of the 12th over, Kiwis paceman Hamish Bennett dismissed Wates lbw for 16 off 42 balls as the eastern Africans slipped to 40/2.

Bennett returned in his next over to bowl Steve Tikolo for 2 off 2 balls with the score at 42/3 in 13.2 overs. Then later in the same over, Bennett trapped Obuya in front for 14 off 19 and Kenya were reeling at 45/4 in 13.3 overs. In the 16th over, Bennett picked up his 4th scalp when he had Maurice Ouma lbw for 1 off 6 balls. Kenya were in dire straits at 49/5. In the next over, Rakep Patel took a single off Vettori to bring up Kenya's 50.

A revival was in order, but captain Jimmy Kamade wasn't up to the task, getting caught behind off Jacob Oram for 2 off 16 balls in the 16th over. Oram returned to strike again, removing Thomas Odoyo for 2 off 5 balls, as Kenya slumped to 63/7 in 21.3 overs.

In the 23rd over, Tim Southee bowled Odhiambo for a duck and then traped Ngoche in front for no-score as well in successive deliveries, thus placing himself on a hat-trick. ButSouthee was deprived of that chance when Oram picked up the last wicket of Eliajh Otieno for a duck. Kenya were all out for 69 in 23.5 overs.

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