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

Stunning spin and a waist-high welcome

Plays of the day from reigning champions Australia's Group A encounter with minnows Kenya

Siddarth Ravindran and Brydon Coverdale in Bangalore

March 13, 2011

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Cameron White's problems continued when he was bowled for 2, Australia v Kenya, World Cup 2011, Group A, Bangalore, March 13, 2011
Cameron White was left stunned by Jimmy Kamande's raging turner © Getty Images
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Giant-killer of the day

For a part-time legspinner from an Associate nation, Collins Obuya has some pretty handy names in his list of victims over the years. He has only 30 ODI wickets from 91 matches, but among those he has dismissed are Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist, Younis Khan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Aravinda de Silva, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Now you can add to that list Ricky Ponting, who failed to pick a delivery that went straight on and was given lbw after the Kenyans asked for a well-judged review of a not-out decision from Richard Kettleborough. And as Obuya showed later in the evening, he can bat a bit, too.

Shot of the day

Until tonight, Kenya's batting had shown little backbone this tournament, and they were widely expected to roll over against Australia's express attack. Tell that to Alex Obanda. He might never have faced someone of the pace of Shaun Tait, but that didn't stop him from clouting the fourth ball he faced hard and flat over third man for six. If that was an astonishing stroke, Obanda bettered it in Tait's next over - walloping a slower ball over long-on for the biggest six of the match.

Ball of the day

When the fiercest turners in world cricket are discussed, Jimmy Kamande is not a name that comes to mind. So it was a surprise to all observers when Kamande spun one sharply through the gate to bowl Cameron White, who was attempting to drive through the off side. White looked stunned as he realised what had happened, and trudged off the field as the only Australian batsman who failed to reach double figures.

This-could-get-ugly moment of the day

Given that Kenya had just lost the battle of the Associates in Group A, the fear heading into their match against world champions Australia was that it would be cringe-inducingly one-sided. Those fears grew as early as the second over of the match, when Shane Watson contemptuously swatted 14 off three deliveries, ending that sequence with a brutal hit over midwicket for six.

Welcome of the day

Michael Hussey has spent the past month at home in Perth, wishing he was at the World Cup. Now he is. And when he walked out into the middle of the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore with Australia at a slightly worrying 4 for 143, he couldn't have asked for a friendlier greeting. Collins Obuya served up a waist-high full toss that Hussey calmly punched to the cover boundary.

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Posted by Meety on (March 14, 2011, 7:12 GMT)

@chad_reid - sorry don't agree with your assessment of Smith. He is actually doing better then Krezja as a spinner, & his fielding is amongst the best fielders in the world (particularly catching). As a batsmen - I've seen what he can do - & I think he'll prove it soon. As for White, yes a pretty good case to drop him, but I wouldn't necessarily drop him for the other Huss. I'd drop Krezja for D Hussey AND IF White fails against Canada & Pakistan - I'd bring in Ferguson. @Ravi Gupta - yes you are right - the answer is LATER much LATER, try the 2019 World Cup! LOL! @Godfrey Pieters - I will say that in Group B, the WINDIES are the only team playing near their best, its a shame that they have injuries - particularly Barath (very talented) & Bravo. As far as the pace attack thing - you only have to look at what happenned barely 12mths ago to see that it is QUITE PROBABLE the WINDIES will struggle against the Oz pace!

Posted by jrm1186 on (March 14, 2011, 4:52 GMT)

Whatever folks, Australia is the only unbeaten team in this world cup so far!!!!! I know that they haven't played against Pakistan yet and the match against Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain but we need to accept the fact that Australia always play dominantly in the world cups!!! Their performance usually is a bit sloppy before the world cup but they come back very hard (like last world cup) and the reason for their sloppiness before the world cup is that they try different players and different combinations before the wc and then enter as a perfect, planned and prepared team in the world cup. I don't think any team would like to underestimate the champions of the last 3 world cups.

PS: I'm an Indian!!!!!!

Posted by Scgboy on (March 14, 2011, 1:22 GMT)

well you know , that any team that hasn't had a hit out in almost two and a bit weeks is going to a little rusty.Thats not an excuse for shoddy workmanship but it does put things into perspective. The other teams have been blessed in the sense in that they have played more often.

WI vs Australis ,mmm if i was a betting man who would i put my money on...

Posted by chad_reid on (March 14, 2011, 0:54 GMT)

ITS HARD TO GET INTO THE AUS SIDE AND ITS EVEN HARDER TO GET OUT EVEN IF YOU MAKE 10 DUKS IN A ROW. BUT CMON SELECTORS THIS IS THE WORLD CUP STOP BEING STUBBORN AND STUPID DROP WHITE OR SMITH AND GET D HUSSEY IN. SMITH IS A JOKE CANT BAT OR BOWL AGAINST BIG TEAMS HE'LL GET HAMMERED AND THE SHOTS HE PLAYS OR MISSES OR MISTIMES IS LIKE WATCHING SCHOOL BOY CRICKET. SELECTORS SAY HIS IN THE SIDE COZ OF HIS POTENTIAL, POTENTIAL FOR WAT, BEING THE MOST OVERRATED CRICKETER IN AUS HISTORY LOL

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (March 13, 2011, 23:45 GMT)

Bad news Hussey is back and just as usual back to his best playing spin well and scoring run per ball. Australians are now Hot favaurate to win this WC. Their team is completed and only a majic can take away WC from them.

Posted by dummy4fb on (March 13, 2011, 20:24 GMT)

well fought by Kanya, its worth watching the match on TV or for those [13,600] spectators in the Stadium, Aus going to loose sooner or later in this tournament... :)

Posted by dummy4fb on (March 13, 2011, 17:54 GMT)

THE AUSSIES uninspiring performance today shows you how open this WC is.ANY OF the big GUNS can take it, including WI. WI have the furniture to decorate the CUP. THEY NEED proper handling,prudent team composition and most importantly the WILL to win. THE AUSSIES pace attack will not intimidate the WI and their spin attack looks ordinary at best.

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