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Kenya v New Zealand, World Cup 2011, Chennai

Bennett stars as New Zealand crush Kenya

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

February 20, 2011

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New Zealand 72 for 0 (Guptill 39*, McCullum 26*) beat Kenya 69 (Bennett 4-16, Oram 3-2, Southee 3-13) by 10 wickets
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Hamish Bennett blew away the Kenyan top order, Kenya v New Zealand, Group A, World Cup 2011, Chennai, February 20, 2011
Hamish Bennett blew away the Kenyan top order © Getty Images

Hamish Bennett led New Zealand's humiliation of a Kenya outfit clearly out of its depth, attacking the stumps with metronomic accuracy to rip out four quick wickets as the minnows capitulated for just 69 - their lowest World Cup total and the fifth worst overall. Tim Southee helped himself to three cheap wickets, while Jacob Oram also picked up three in three overs before Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum eased their side to an unchallenged 10-wicket win.

Kenya's first showing at this tournament demonstrated both their lack of competency against good, but hardly exceptional, seam bowling and their incomprehension of the review system - borderline decisions were accepted without question and clear cut ones questioned out of sheer desperation.

Jimmy Kamande called correctly at the toss and opted to bat on a pitch expected to help slow bowlers, but that was Kenya's last success of the morning. The new ball barely deviated off the straight for Southee but Kenya's young opening pair, perhaps over-awed by the occasion, remained nervously rooted to the crease. They had cobbled together just 14 runs - all in singles - when Southee nipped one off the seam to strike Alex Obanda in front of leg stump.

Umpire Marais Erasmus' decision initially looked a good one, but there was a hint that a review might have been in order. The Kenyans were, of course, unfamiliar with the UDRS but that provides no excuse for Obanda's tame acceptance of his demise as replays showed that the ball would have gone over the top of the stumps by at least an inch or two.

With the innings drifting swiftly into mediocrity Collins Obuya got going with a couple of meaty blows off Nathan McCullum, who opened the bowling from the other end, but just as he and Waters were starting to gain momentum Bennett was introduced and soon had the innings in disarray. First, he fired one full and straight at Waters, the ball shooting through at a low shin height to pin the batsman in front of his stumps.

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  • Kenya's total of 69 is by far their lowest in World Cup games - it's their first sub-100 total in 24 games. They lasted 23.5 overs, which is the lowest for them.
  • It's also the fifth-lowest total in World Cups. Canada's 36 against Sri Lanka in 2003 is the lowest.
  • For the first time in a World Cup match, New Zealand dismissed a team for less than 100. The previous lowest against New Zealand in a full 50-over match had been Bangladesh's 116 in 1999.
  • New Zealand won the match with 252 balls to spare, which is their most comprehensive World Cup win - and the third-best for all teams in World Cups - in terms of balls remaining. In all ODIs, it's New Zealand's second-most emphatic win.
  • Hamish Bennett's 4 for 16 is his best ODI figures, bettering the 4 for 46 he had achieved against Pakistan in his previous ODI.

There would have been high hopes in the Kenyan camp of Steve Tikolo, their veteran batsman, sparking a revival but he was swiftly removed by a searing full delivery that burst through a lazy swish to make a mess of his stumps. With the ball keeping low and starting to nip off the seam Obuya was the next batsman to be rapped on the front pad, right in front of middle. Perhaps out of desperation, a completely superfluous review was called for but there was no second life for Obuya and the innings sank even further when Maurice Ouma was dispatched in identical fashion in Bennett's next over to leave Kenya staring into the abyss at 49 for 5.

That soon become 59 for 6, Jacob Oram finding the edge of Kamande's bat to end his brief resistance, and with that the fight went from Kenya's innings. Oram had Thomas Odoyo, who was fending at a rising delivery, easily caught by Jesse Ryder and Southee was on a hat-trick when he removed Nehemiah Odhiambo and Shem Ngoche with the last two balls of his sixth over. There was no second international hat-trick for him, however, with Elijah Otieno flicking Oram straight to midwicket shortly afterwards to end a miserable Kenyan innings.

Guptill took the lead as New Zealand completed the formality of the chase in just eight overs, thrashing two enormous sixes and peppering the boundary almost at will in a 32-ball 39. An uninspired McCullum chipped in with a rapid 26 as Kenya at least attempted to remain upbeat in the field despite the futility of their efforts.

While New Zealand would have been hoping for a successful start to their campaign, the ease of their win here is hardly the best preparation for sterner challenges ahead against the likes of Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. For Kenya, things can only get better after a day they would dearly like to forget, though their performance won't have done any favours to the argument that Associate nations deserve to be involved in future World Cups.

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Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

Its a good win which won't help the Associates in their cause. This is why the Associates need more games against top flight opposition, they need to play at the very highest level against the best teams to upskill and become better at the game.

Also more importantly, there was a huge earthquake in Christchurch NZ and I strongly urge the team (NZ) to send some of there love and support back home. While I am only a few hours down the road from them, I still feel saddened by whats happened. It would be great if the guys could send some support back. I wouldn't expect them to come back, but if NZ do well in the next few games and dedicate the games to people affected by the quake, then it should be some consolation...

Posted by madhuri on (February 21, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

Bennet means NOTHING.U come to India.We'ii hammer you all over!

Posted by Stark on (February 20, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

The icc should let the minnows bat or bowl first depending on what is favourable to do if, there was a toss up!

I say this because the minnows never play the big teams until it's the WC whilst, in football the big teams and small teams always play against each other and that lets them improve drastically rather then playing big teams every 4 years.

Posted by raja on (February 20, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

ICC must explain what's the point of bringing teams like Kenya, Ireland or Holland in to a Tournament like World Cup ? Will FIFA allow India or Bangladesh to play in WC Football for the sake of spreading the game ? Its not Olympic Game where one can participate for participation sake. Its World Cup Cricket that demands supreme skill from everyone to make the sport glorified. I urge ICC to think over its policy again. This way they neither serve the purpose of the minnows nor they improve the credibility of the game itself.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 20, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

hope a minnow beat india or pakistan , then i would like to see your comments. remember on a bouncy pitch any asian side is a minnow..................

Posted by priyatosh on (February 20, 2011, 16:19 GMT)

Playing in WC once in 4 years and then loosing by big margins doing no good to small teams. Kenya playing WC since 1996, but their cricket has not improved much, they still even could get the test status in 15 years!! still they treat like minows... so this proves it all, the roadmap and planning is not good for ICC and those countries.. they know that if they can beat afganistan and nepal they will be in next WC again... this mindset will do no good for world cricket. I obviously welcome ICC decision to reduce the number of countries from next WC

Posted by priyatosh on (February 20, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

If we dont include the small teams it doesnt mean "ditch"ing. Similarily, including them in WC also doesnt mean the cricket has expanded. Look at FIFA, 170 countries play football, that doesnt mean all 170 nations will participate in WC, nor all 40 countries play euro cup, though all european nations play serious and good football. This type one sided results are really diluting the value of world cup. Everybody knows the real game strats from Qauater finals. What good this doing to benefit of cricket and icc. If ICC really wants to expand the game, they should plan it throughout the years, not in every 4 years in one tournament.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 20, 2011, 16:04 GMT)

New Zealand's Current Net Run Rate is 7.620!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 20, 2011, 14:46 GMT)

Who says pacers would be 2nd fiddle this World Cup?? all the 10 wickets were taken by pacers!!

Posted by Garry on (February 20, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

10 nations, everyone plays everyone once, quaters and semi's, best of 3 final.

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