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20 Feb 2011

Kenya practiced "how to get out" in their World Cup match

What a disastrous start for the nation that were once considered as a serious opponent by the top teams? Everyone has expected little bit better challenge from this African side, that had beaten big teams in the past. The score of 69 tells the story of their downfall in the international cricket, and also justifies, in some way, the decision of the ICC to organize 10 teams world cup for 2015.

The second day of ICC World Cup 2011 saw two test teams competing with the associates. Kenya played against New Zealand while Canada was facing Sri Lankans. Out of the two, New Zealand-Kenya match should have drawn attention to cricket followers because Kenya has good history in the previous world cup tournaments. Since New Zealand had suffered a lot in sub-continents last year, there was a little doubt of turnaround in this encounter. But, Kenya not only lost this game, but lost with disgrace. The score of 70 runs to win was an easy task for the Kiwis and they won the match easily with 10 wickets.

9 wickets fell down for 29 runs. Bennett was the pick of the bowlers for the New Zealand, grabbing 4 of the Kenyan wickets. He broke the top order that included Steve Tikolo, once considered the Tendulkar of Associate cricket. Southee and Oram joined the carnival and took 3 wickets each. All together, it was an easy match for New Zealand and the difficult one for Kenya. Canada lost their match as well, and I will catch that story in another post.

Read our past article on Kenya.

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