A brief history

Bangladesh v Kenya - A history

Bangladesh v Kenya records

Kenya celebrate victory against Bangladesh in the 2003 World Cup, a result which took them into the Super Sixes © Cricinfo
The two newest diners at cricket's top table (although Kenya's status was revised in 2005) have only met on a handful of occasions, but it is Kenya who have come out on top nearly every time.

Their last meeting, not accorded full ODI status, came in the final of the ICC Trophy in 1996-97 when Bangladesh won a final spread over two days by two wickets using the D/L method - they chased 166 in 25 overs after Kenya posted 241 for 7 in their 50 overs, with Steve Tikolo, who made a brilliant 147, ending up on the losing side. Later that year Kenya won both meetings during the President's Cup in Nairobi (an event won by Zimbabwe who beat the hosts in the final).

In 1998, Bangladesh scored an emphatic six-wicket win in the group stage of the Coca-Cola tri-series in India, but Kenya gained revenge in the second meeting, and pipped Bangladesh into the final by virtue of a shock win over hosts, and eventual winners, India.

In 1998-99 Kenya turned party-poopers when they and Zimbabwe made it through to the final of the tri-nation Meril International tournament in Dhaka, Kenya twice beating the hosts by convincing margins thanks to hundreds from Tikolo and Kennedy Otieno.

Rajin Saleh and Habibul Bashar celebrate wrapping up the 4-0 series win in 2005-06 © Cricinfo
At the 2003 World Cup, and Kenya, en route to the semi-finals, hammered a shambolic Bangladesh side which had already been beaten by Canada. It triggered a clear-out and was a watershed for both sides.

In March 2006, Kenya, returning from two years exile, lost in Bangladesh 4-0 in a one-sided contest which underlined how much the Bangladeshis had progressed and how internal wrangling and politics had stifled the Kenyans.

Martin Williamson is managing editor of Cricinfo