Bennett masterminds Kenyan collapse

A decent start from Kenya ended in a disaster as they were bowled out for their lowest-ever ODI score of 69 against New Zealand in the second game of the World Cup, 2011 at the Chepauk here on Sunday.

By Suneer Chowdhury

 

 

Chennai: Feb 20, 2011


A decent start from Kenya ended in a disaster as they were bowled out for their lowest-ever ODI score of 69 against New Zealand in the second game of the World Cup, 2011 at the Chepauk here on Sunday.

 

There was a gleam in Kenyan skipper Jimmy Kamande’s eyes at the toss. He had won it and decided to bat first, a big plus on a track that could turn later and under atmospheric conditions which could, at best, be described as hot. That, unfortunately, was probably the last time he smiled during the Kenyan innings.

To be fair to the Kenyan side, Hamish Bennett was breathing fire from the word go and most batsmen around the world would have found it difficult to play him. Till he came about to bowl, Kenya had started off rather slowly but had steadily got to 40 for one in the 12th over. The platform had been suitably provided by the pair of Seren Waters and Collins Obuya and they would have harboured hopes of getting to a more than a decent score.

Instead, Bennett came on and showed why he is so highly rated by many around the world. For a side like Kenya, which does not have too much experience in handling pace, he was a terror as he ran through the middle-order with great aplomb. The pace was too hot to handle and to add to that, he found his rhythm and line, but most importantly understood the length at which he needed to bowl. There were some good-length deliveries interspersed with the ones pitched up and Kenya had no answers to the probing questions.

Once the centurion of the warm-ups, Waters was sent back for a 42-ball 16, the rest of the players folded up without much of a fight. Steve Tikolo, their veteran from the 1996 World Cup got off with a stylish brace to deep-point but was stunned by an in-swinging yorker while Obuya (14) followed in the same Bennett over. Maurice Ouma was also scalped lbw and half the side was out for 49. Bennett had four and conceded only 16.

Around this time, Bennett had also begun to struggle a little with the heat and had to be rested, missing out on an opportunity to get his first ever five-wicket haul. The Kenyans would have probably heaved relief but that was to not last too long as Oram sent down a 17-ball spell to pick up three wickets while Tim Southee came back to get two in two.

Rakep Patel ended unbeaten on 16 as Kenya added only 20 more runs to be bowled out for 69 in the 24th over.

Brief scores: Kenya 69 all out in 23.5 overs (Seren Waters 16, Rakep Patel 16*; Hamish Bennett 4 for 16, Jacob Oram 3 for 2, Tim Southee 3 for 13) vs New Zealand.

 

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