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Kenya, Zimbabwe convincing in warm-up games

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 6, 2011

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Steve Tikolo clips the ball off his pads, Kenya v Netherlands, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Potchefstroom, April 1, 2009
Steve Tikolo scored a run-a-ball 126 to propel Kenya to a strong total © Getty Images
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Kenya began their World Cup preparation with a convincing win in a warm-up match against Afghanistan at the ICC Global Cricket Academy Ground in Dubai. Steve Tikolo scored an unbeaten century and Kenya posted 289, a total that proved too much for Afghanistan.

Tikolo is Kenya's most experienced player, having played in every single one of their World Cup matches since they made their debut in 1996, and the team will be glad to see him show some form. Tikolo scored 126 not out off 126 balls, with 12 boundaries and two sixes, batting through from the fourteenth over till the end.

After Seren Waters was bowled by Hamid Hassan off the second ball of the match, Collins Obuya scored a quick 49, and then Tikolo and Tanmay Mishra put together 103 for the fourth wicket. Wicketkeeper Maurice Ouma added 33 off 35 balls as Kenya reached a strong total.

Afghanistan's chase got off to a brisk start, but was derailed by the loss of three wickets within the first ten overs. Seamer Peter Ongondo took two of the early wickets, and Afghanistan found themselves 48 for 3. Nawroz Mangal steadied the innings with his 42 off 64 balls, and then Mohammad Nabi upped the scoring rate with his 46 off 35.

Afghanistan were able to stay abreast of the asking rate, but lost too many wickets. Kenya's spinners did the damage for them. Captain Jimmy Kamande took 3 for 34 with his offspin, while left-arm spinner Shem Ngoche also took three wickets, though he was expensive, giving away 76 runs in his nine overs.

Kenya managed to bowl Afghanistan out in 43 overs, and notched up a 49-run victory.

Jimmy Hansra's nerveless unbeaten half-century helped Canada complete an impressive four-wicket victory over Associate rivals Netherlands at the ICC Global Cricket Academy Ground in Dubai.

His unbeaten 54, from 85 deliveries, ensured Canada's chase recovered after a faltering start. In pursuit of a modest 152 for victory, Hiral Patel fell to the first ball of the innings from Mudassar Bukhari. The same bowler struck twice more, removing World Cup veteran John Davison and Ruvindu Gunasekera cheaply before captain Ashish Bagai stopped the rot together with Zubin Surkari. They laid the platform for Hansra to finish the job.

At the start of the day, Netherlands were the stronger team on paper, but Canada made full use of winning a good toss by reducing them to 43 for 4 after opting to field first. The evergreen Khurram Chohan did the early damage, removing both openers - including the touted Worcestershire star Alexei Kervezee - cheaply, before more top-order wickets fell.

The lower order - in the shape of wicketkeeper Atse Buurman, Bradley Kruger and Bukhari - backed up a bright 41 from 49 balls from Tom de Grooth to drag Netherlands up to 151, which looked competitive, until Hansra's heroics.

An unbeaten half-century by Brendan Taylor helped Zimbabwe make light work of chasing Ireland's total of 204 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Taylor played the anchor role, scoring 84 off 121 balls, as Zimbabwe needed just 43.5 overs to pick up a six-wicket win.

They had managed to restrict Ireland to a low total thanks to their spinners. Offspinner Greg Lamb took 3 for 30 in his 10 overs, while Ray Price and Graeme Cremer took three wickets between them and were both economical. Ireland had got off to a solid start, with opener William Porterfield scoring 66 and Ed Joyce getting 45. They were 111 for 1 at one stage, but lost wickets quickly once the spinners came on and were bowled out in 48.1 overs.

Craig Ervine was the other positive to come out of Zimbabwe's batting performance, scoring 47. Taylor has been Zimbabwe's most prolific batsman over the past two years, but ran into a poor patch of form during their ODI series in Bangladesh, and will be glad to have got some runs under his belt ahead of the World Cup.

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Comments: 11 
Posted by   on (February 8, 2011, 16:47 GMT)

zim will always be gud at world cups,these lads enjoy the big stage...well done brandon taylor....keep it even way after the world cup..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2011, 10:41 GMT)

awesum work bi taylor dissapointin 2 miss taibu mi favorite batsman but taylor has changed zim cricket price did a good job lookin 4ward 2 see him sppin the ball 2 te stumps in the world cup zims team must and shud be

taylor,coventry,taibu,ervine,williams,chigumbura,utseya,price,cremer ,rainsford and mpfou

all te best mi fav batsmantaibu and mi alltime fav bowler price best of luck 2 the best batsman in the current zim team i.e taylor lookin 4ward 2 a superb world cup by these players

plzzzzzzzzzzzzz plzzzzzzzzz dont lemme down

Posted by Nduru on (February 8, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

Just looking at the other article on rankings I think its really unfair that the lower ranked teams get to play so few games compared to the top teams. I think the bottom five teams should play each other more regularly as competition is quite stiff between them and games are exciting. @Meety: I don't think the win by Zim was too surprising - remember when we played the ODI series in September Zim were missing Lamb and Price, who are really very good, experienced spinners. They make quite a difference on these kinds of wickets.

Posted by L.Pearce on (February 8, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

very refreshing result from ZIM considering no Taibu or Utseya and they used 3 seamers including Chigumbura :/ but Taylor and Coventry opened very nicely, Taylor as the anchor and Coventry seeing the powerplay and managing a decent contribution at a good scoring rate, also Williams and Ervine in the middle and then the bowling well Lamb was brilliant and Price and Cremer wow very happy just add Utseya and minus 2 seamers and its perfect.

Posted by Meety on (February 7, 2011, 23:49 GMT)

Zim's result was surprisingly good. Netherland's didnt have Ten Doeschete.

Posted by adillove on (February 7, 2011, 8:02 GMT)

Looking at Afghanistan batting scorecard I think they want to be like India to score fast as we can see they lost match for 49 runs with 7 overs to go if they had 4 wickets left then the match would be theirs! Anyway good performance from Kenya I hope they have some good performance in WC also which is only good for top teams I don't think any other team than top teams can go next round!

Posted by Meety on (February 7, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

@splites - gotta love the underdog! I agree that the W/Cup needs Associates in ways that the "bottom line" will never show. The arguement for avoiding lopsided games has good reasoning - so why don't they schedule the Associates to "qualify" with some lower ODI rank nations (top 8 ranked sides meet in the 2nd Round + 4 qualifiers)? I think the reduction of teams will only lead to a widening of the divide. @Shay Keillo-Reed - me too! I get sick when I see names like "Shay"! LOL!

Posted by splites on (February 7, 2011, 4:04 GMT)

The Associates will have to show the cricketing world that they are a force to be reckoned with. 2003 say Kenya's odds beating run into the WC semis, 2007 saw Ireland performing well are reaching the super 8's, Holland upsetting england at the world T20, Kenya' always stands out in my mind for the WC's. They not only beat the West Indies and Sri Lanka in the '96 and '03 WC's respectively, but thrashed them. Ireland's clinical disposal of Pakistan was a joy To watch as well, and they did give England a run foir their money already. Other good stuff to note about the Associate teams are Trent Johnston's charisma (and silly Irish jig lol), Noor Ali punching 50 against India in Afghanistan's first ever international match against a full member, John Davison's IPL-esque batting etc. This is why I am not, or will ever be in favour of any World Cup without Asociate nations

Posted by   on (February 6, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

Sorry guys, just the name 'Steve' puts me off.

Posted by Meety on (February 6, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

I look at a game like this & wonder why there aren't more of these type of contests. I think this was good for Afghanistan (not at the W/Cup), but a great tune up for Kenya. For Kenya to do well they will have to field out of their skins!

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