West Indies end on the wrong side

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Kenya pull off the mother of all upsets

Kenya v West Indies, Poona
Kenya arrived at the World Cup as 500-1 outsiders. West Indies were a shambles with Richie Richardson under pressure to quit as captain and the side in disarray. Nevertheless, none of the 5000 at the Nehru Stadium expected anything but a Caribbean victory. The first innings went according to plan, as Kenya struggled to 166 all out after being stuck in. Even when West Indies lost both openers cheaply, it seemed nothing more than a hiccup. But Brian Lara proceeded to bat as if he was in the nets, and his dismissal for 8 - caught by an astonished wicketkeeper, the portly, bespectacled Tariq Iqbal - triggered a collapse. Maurice Odumbe's offspin ripped through the middle order and West Indies were bowled out for 93. "It's like winning the World Cup," Odumbe said after the momentous win. "It's a dream come true. The West Indies are our idols, and to beat an idol is a great thing." Richardson walked out of the press conference after making a terse statement. "My congratulations to Kenya for winning a very important match," he said. "We did not play the way we should have. I am very, very disappointed. I have nothing more to add." His team-mates, meanwhile, posed for photographs with the victorious Kenyans in their dressing room.

India v Australia, Mumbai
Mark Waugh enhanced the brilliance of Mumbai's first floodlit international by becoming the first batsman to score back-to-back hundreds in a World Cup. He added 103 at five an over with opening partner Mark Taylor and his 126 left Australia well placed to score 300. However, after Taylor was caught for 59, and Waugh was dismissed with the score on 232, Anil Kumble and Venkatapathy Raju stalled the Australians. The last seven wickets fell for 26 runs. Australia lost four wickets, managed only two runs off the final over, and finished on 258.

India's start was strangled by Glenn McGrath, who bowled three maidens, and damaged by Damien Fleming, who dismissed Ajay Jadeja and Vinod Kambli. But after a quiet beginning, Tendulkar cut loose, hitting three fours in McGrath's fifth over, and raced from 12 to 56 in 25 balls. He took charge of the chase and his partnership with Sanjay Manjrekar gave India a chance. However, after he reached 90 off 84 balls, Tendulkar charged at Waugh, who saw the batsman coming and delivered wide outside off stump. Ian Healy collected and completed the stumping - Tendulkar's first such dismissal in ODIs. Manjrekar kept India in the chase, but wickets fell too frequently for momentum to build. Fleming ended the game by bowling Kumble, his fifth victim, with India 16 runs short and two overs unused.

Australia v West Indies, second semi-final, Mohali
The game had seemed dead, when Australia, choosing to bat on one of the grassier pitches of the tournament, were 15 for 4 courtesy Ambrose and Ian Bishop. But Stuart Law and Michael Bevan batted with determination to add 138 in 32 overs and the lower order pushed the total to 207.

West Indies pulled off an extraordinary defeat, losing eight wickets in the final 50 minutes. After 41 overs they were 165 for 2, needing 43 more. Once Shivnarine Chanderpaul - hampered by cramps - fell for 80, however, they swerved out of control. Big hitters Roger Harper and Ottis Gibson were promoted, but their failure increased pressure on the regular batsmen. Australia were on top for the first time and Shane Warne claimed 3 for 6 in a devastating spell. But Richardson was still there to face the last over, from Fleming. When he struck the first delivery for four, West Indies required six from five balls, with two wickets left. The fatal misjudgment was to set off for a single, for even if Curtly Ambrose had got home, Richardson needed the strike. Last man Courtney Walsh heaved at his first ball and was bowled, leaving West Indies five short of a place in the finals.

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