Bangalore, March 13: Australia overcame a spirited performance from Kenya's batting line-up to win their World Cup encounter at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy stadium by 60 runs. Chasing a humongous 324/6, Kenya showed far more character and resolve this time around to its previous matches in the tournament by staying in the hunt for most of the innings. Collins Obuya (98 not out) and Tanmay Mishra (72) kept the flame going with a gritty 100-plus stand, while Thomas Odoyo pitched in with a cameo of 35. Australia's most successful bowler was Shaun Tait who picked up 2/49 off 8 overs.
Kenya's innings got off to a typically unsteady start. In the second over, Alex Obanda carted Shaun Tait for a huge six, but his partner Maurice Ouma was out in the next over when he was caught behind off Brett Lee for 14. Then Obanda hit one more maximum before he was bowled by Tait at the end of the 4th over and Kenya were 21/2.
Brothers Collins and David Obuya kept up the momentum by striking three fours between them, but then the latter was run out thanks to a horrible misunderstanding. A cursing David was on his way for 12 as Kenya had slipped to 46/3 in 10 overs. Then in the next over, Collins and Tanmay Mishra took Kenya past 50/3. They motored along to see the score tick over 100 in the 22nd over and notched up their century partnership in the 32nd over, crossing 150/3 in the 33rd.
Mishra struck one more four before he was run out, courtesy a direct throw from Michael Clarke. The batsman had to reluctantly depart for his highest ODI score to date, at 72 off 89 balls, and Kenya were 161/4 in 35.3 overs. But Collins wouldn't surrender meekly. He clobbered Shane Watson for a six in the 38th over and pressed ahead with Thomas Odoyo.
In fact, the latter batsman showed he was no mug with the bat, striking fours off Watson and Lee, before teaming up with Obuya to take two more boundaries off Tait in the 43rd over as the score moved past 200. Then Obuya struck Watson for a six and a four off the 44th over as Kenya moved onto 226/4 in 44 overs.
The boundaries kept coming till Odoyo was bowled by Tait for 35 off 38. Then new batsman Rakep Patel, immediately struck the same bowler for a four to bring up Kenya's 250 at the end of the 48th over. Fighting till the end and perhaps in a bid to reach that elusive century, Collins slammed Mitchell Johnson for two fours in the penultimate over. But Patel was run out off the fourth ball of the final over and two balls later, Kenya had closed their innings at 264/6.