Wills World Cup, Group A


At Cuttack, February 18. India won by seven wickets. Toss: India. International debuts: Kenya (all).

Kenya's batsmen gave them a satisfactory launch into senior international cricket, but had to give way to one of the world's best, Tendulkar. The first part of the day belonged to Steve Tikolo, however. He scored 65 in 83 balls, hit a six and six fours and put on 96 with his captain, Maurice Odumbe. Then the middle order rashly tried to hit out against Kumble, who took three wickets in four overs. India needed only 200, and Jadeja and Tendulkar began with 100 in 20 overs, putting on 163 - India's highest for any wicket in the World Cup - before Jadeja, who had just begun to show signs of cramp, was caught on the boundary in the 33rd over. Tendulkar was then 98 and he was stuck on 99 for nine balls before completing his fifth hundred in one-day internationals. The tension seemed to be transmitted to his team-mates, Sidhu and Kambli; both struggled to get going before hitting out to find catchers in the deep. But by then Tendulkar had resumed his surge onwards, finishing on 127 from 134 balls, with 15 fours and a six. It was Mongia who hit the winning four; Azharuddin, who had just become the seventh player to appear in 200 limited-overs internationals, did not need to bat.

Man of the Match: S. R. Tendulkar.

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