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Australia v Kenya, World Cup 2011, Group A, Bangalore

Australia win easily but Kenya regain pride

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

March 13, 2011

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Australia 324 for 6 (Clarke 93, Hussey 54) beat Kenya 264 for 6 (C Obuya 98*, Mishra 72) by 60 runs
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Michael Hussey hit 54 on his return to Australia's side, Australia v Kenya, World Cup 2011, Group A, Bangalore, March 13, 2011
Michael Hussey was quickly up and running on his return from injury © Getty Images
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Australia's World Cup campaign resumed with an ultimately comfortable 60-run victory against Kenya, although Collins Obuya's unbeaten 98 meant the Associate nation took pride out of the contest. An upset was never on the cards but Kenya put in their best performance of the tournament with the highlight being the 115-run stand between Obuya and Tanmay Mishra.

The imposing run chase had been set up by a 114-run partnership between Michael Clarke and the returning Michael Hussey in his first innings of the World Cup. It actually gave Australia some important breathing space, but Kenya had long-since given up any hope of chasing down 325 on the ground where Ireland shocked England earlier in the tournament.

The most tension came in the closing overs, when Obuya could have reached his maiden one-day century - and Kenya's first at a World Cup - but he failed to get the three runs he needed off the last two balls. However, Ricky Ponting will be acutely aware that his team were far from impressive especially in the field. The bowlers, except for Brett Lee, certainly looked rusty as Kenya posted their best World Cup total.

After an early strike each for Lee and Shaun Tait it appeared Kenya would fall in a heap. Maurice Ouma edged a good outswinger and Alex Obanda, after driving Tait over long-on with one of the shots of the tournament, missed an ugly heave at a quick full toss. When the Obuya brothers mislaid their sibling understanding, which resulted in David Obuya's run-out, there was an opportunity for a swift finish.

However, Collins refocused after the mix-up, and firstly provided solid support for Mishra in Kenya's sixth World Cup hundred stand before forming another strong partnership with the aggressive Thomas Odoyo, who struck the ball cleanly. Obuya, who became famous for his legspin heroics at the 2003 World Cup, passed his fifty with a wonderful lofted drive over long-off against Shane Watson, then took advantage of the batting Powerplay. He twice pulled Watson's medium pace for six but couldn't quite get the final boundary he needed for three figures.

In 24-year-old Mishra, Kenya also have someone who provides hope for the future. On a day where Tikolo, the grand old father of Kenyan cricket, was left out, Mishra showed he has a huge role to play if the game is to recover in the country. He showed some class with swift footwork against Steven Smith to firstly pull him over midwicket for six, then loft him through the off side and played a similar stroke against Jason Krejza.

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  • Australia's 324 is their 14th 300-plus score in World Cups and their 63rd in ODIs. They have won on all the occasions that they have scored over 300 in World Cups.
  • Australia extended their unbeaten run in World Cups to 33 consecutive matches since their loss to Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup.
  • Among captains who have led their teams in at least 75 ODIs, Ricky Ponting's win-loss ratio of 3.39 is second only to Clive Lloyd's win-loss ratio of 3.55.
  • Michael Clarke scored his sixth half-century in World Cups taking his average to 101.83. Overall, he has scored five centuries and 47 fifties in ODIs at an average of 44.54.
  • Michael Hussey's 54 is his first fifty in World Cups. Surprisingly, he has only scored 141 runs in World Cup games at an average of 23.50.
  • The 115-run stand between Tanmay Mishra and Collins Obuya is the third highest for the fourth wicket for Kenya in ODIs and their second best in World Cups.
  • Mishra's 72 is his fifth half-century and highest score in ODIs, surpassing his previous best of 66 against Scotland in 2006.
  • Kenya's total of 264 is their highest total in World Cups, surpassing their previous best of 254 against Sri Lanka in the 1996 World Cup.
  • Collins Obuya's 98 is the highest score by a Kenya batsman in World Cups, surpassing Steve Tikolo's 96 in the 1996 World Cup.
  • This is only the sixth occasion that a team has crossed 250 in the second innings of a World Cup match against Australia. Only on one occasion has a team scored over 250 in a winning chase against Australia in World Cups.

His fifty came off 63 balls and he set a new career-best mark when he reached 67. This isn't the Australia attack of previous World Cups but it remains a handy unit. There was a chance for Mishra to convert his fifty into a notable century, but he was caught short by Clarke's dead-eye throw from backward point. He had already, however, ensured his team respectability.

The biggest bonus for Australia was the performance of Hussey, who replaced his brother David in the line-up, on his return from injury, having come into the squad for Doug Bollinger. At 143 for 4, Australia needed a solid partnership, and Hussey, getting off the mark with a first-ball boundary, formed a confident partnership with Clarke.

Hussey didn't drop below a run-a-ball during his stay and although he'll face far tougher tasks than this Kenya attack, it was a more valuable innings than any net session could provide. He was quick on his feet, gave the hamstring a good test with a few dives for the crease and his placement was as calculated as it always has been.

Clarke, meanwhile, ticked over with minimal fuss after feeling his way in against the spinners on a surface that offered turn to maintain his World Cup average of over 100. After Hussey departed Clarke began to open up during the batting Powerplay and collected four boundaries in quick succession including a six over midwicket. He'd equalled his highest score in World Cup matches when he couldn't quite clear long-on to give the deserving Nehemiah Odhiambo his third wicket.

The lack of time in the middle for the batsmen could well have played a part in Ponting's decision to bat and Watson was quickly out of the blocks until he top edged to the keeper. Australia then went through a period where seven overs brought 14 runs and Brad Haddin was having particular trouble forcing the pace as he kept hitting the field. He also had a couple of close calls: he was fortunate when an edge flew past slip on 16, while he could have been run out on 25 when his bat got stuck in the adjacent pitch.

Steadily, though, he increased the scoring rate and brought up his fifty off 63 balls with a deft glide to third man only to pick out long-on attempting his second six. That began a good period for Kenya as Obuya trapped Ponting lbw for a scratchy 36 after correctly opting to review the original not-out decision. Cameron White, who retained his place ahead of David Hussey, continued his lean run when he was beaten by a ripping delivery from Jimmy Kamande and both he and his captain will want a significant innings against Canada on Wednesday.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 45 
Posted by Finn92 on (March 15, 2011, 22:39 GMT)

They have been appalling most of the way thorugh this tournament but to be fair to them they provided an entertaining match and they have done a bit to restore some pride.

Posted by bigwonder on (March 14, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

This was an impressive knock from Obuya. It also shows weak points in Aus. bowling and fielding.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

Australia's strength is fielding and running between the wickets. Australia can win without losing a single match.

Posted by yafa on (March 14, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

david hussey should play instead of kretza he can bowled off spin and batting is good also..

Posted by   on (March 14, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

That was a good performance from Kenya against the world champ. Aussie needs to improve their bowling before they face Pak. My best wishes are with you Aussie Team. We are going to be CHAMP this world cup too. ALL THE VERY BEST

Posted by Aussasinator on (March 14, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

@itsmacca . There are two instances, just this World Cup. 1. His destructive dressing room behaviour, which cost the host country a TV set, and perhaps won him a lot of disgust even from his teammates, especially Shane Watson who seems to hate his captain. 2. The way he screamed violently at Dilshan alongwith Shaun Tait when Dilshan stopped Tait midway through his run up. He looks ugly at all times, let's face it and in the last 2 years, looks ugly when he bats too. There's more bad behaviour to come let's be assured, expecially when Australia fails to take a wicket or when Ponting himself gets out.

Posted by JOHNCSPACE on (March 14, 2011, 6:25 GMT)

A bit of a lackluster bowling performance by Johnson, mainly in the team to cleanup the opposition. Lee & Tait good can get better in bigger games. don't blame the spinners, a class act like the india's singh is getting soft wickets, Its like the last wicket stand made by Isharma in the test in India, he just stood all day and watched the aussie waste ball after ball.....to the aussie coach??? if your watching this space, no excuses mate, get the bowlers to put the ball in there, we have speed and swing which should do the rest...take a look at Steyn & Morkel. and "white" needs to be replaced by DH. A good keeper will cover the bloody legside as well.

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (March 14, 2011, 6:02 GMT)

a very casual approach by AUS, somehow they are not looking like the AUS team which used to thrash the opposition, this is not a thumping victory at all, their so called trio of tail johnson lee looked very blunt in front of a wafer thin kenya batting line up, they havent really faced a big opponent till now, it would be interesting to see a match between AUS and SA

Posted by   on (March 14, 2011, 4:45 GMT)

Hail Obuya! Unbeaten against the Aussies for 98 runs wow!!!

Posted by satanswish on (March 14, 2011, 4:38 GMT)

What a poor bowling performance! Can't even wrap up Kenyan innings.

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