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January 11, 2011
Gujarat 341 for 4 (Patel 156) beat Kenyan XI 135 (Parmar 4-27) by 206 runs
Kenya's World Cup preparations in India went from bad to worse as they crashed to their second loss in three days. Whereas they could take some positives from Sunday's 38-run loss, the 206-run thrashing by Gurarat in the second of three matches in Ahmedabad left them with no crumbs of comfort.
Kenya won the toss and chose to bowl, removed opener Rajdeep Darbar with the fourth ball, and from then on were completely outclassed by a side containing few players with much experience. It was a boost to the local youngsters but a huge blow to the Kenyans.
Niraj Patel, who had made a three-ball duck on Sunday, led the charge with a 137-ball 156, sharing stands of 142 for the second wicket with Jay Desai (72) and 148 for the third with Sunday's centurion Manprit Juneja (63). Gujarat finished on 341 for 4 and none of the Kenyan bowlers emerged with credit, all shipping more than six runs an over.
The total was always beyond Kenya, but at least they would have wanted time in the middle and the chance for their batsmen to build an innings. Instead, they crumbled to 135 all out in 36.4 overs, 22-year-old Mohnish Parmar finishing with 4 for 27. Four of the top six batsmen got starts but none was able to capitalise.
The third match against Gujarat takes place on Thursday (January 13) but Kenya's coach Eldine Baptiste will have his work cut out to turn around a side so comprehensively outclassed.
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