Kenya v India A, Tri-series, Nairobi August 15, 2004

Bhandari leads the way as India A thrash Kenya

Wisden Cricinfo staff

India A 135 for 0 (Jadhav 60*, Gambhir 59*) beat Kenya 133 (Odumbe 40, Bhandari 3-20, Bahutule 3-26) by 10 wickets

India A registered their second victory in successive days in the tri-nation one-day tournament in Nairobi, thrashing Kenya by ten wickets in a hopelessly one-sided contest.

Kenya had beaten India A by 22 runs in the first round of the group matches, but this time they stood no chance after Amit Bhandari wrecked their top order with an incisive new-ball spell. He took three early wickets as Kenya slumped to 18 for 3. Maurice Odumbe led a mini-revival with 40, but Kenya managed only a paltry 133, which the Indian openers knocked off in just 25 overs.

Bhandari started the Kenyan slide early on, trapping Kennedy Obuya in front for 5 (8 for 1). Then, with the score on 18, Bhandari struck twice, having Hitesh Modi caught behind for 3, before nailing Steve Tikolo, Kenya's captain, in similar fashion for a duck.

Odumbe and Ravindu Shah got the innings back on track, putting on 62 for the fourth wicket, but all their good work was undone when four wickets went down for the addition of just one run, with Sairaj Bahutule and Aavishkar Salvi doing the damage. Odumbe was finally stumped by Mahendra Dhoni - who had five victims in the match - off Bahutule, and though the tail resisted briefly, 133 was all that Kenya could manage.

It was a target which was never likely to test the Indians, and Gautam Gambhir and Dheeraj Jadhav ensured an early finish. Both scored half-centuries - Jadhav was unbeaten on 60 while Gambhir made 59 not out - as India romped home with half their total overs unused. India A and Kenya now have two wins from three games, while Pakistan A have lost both their matches so far.