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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
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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