Wills World Cup, Group A


Toss: West Indies.

Kenya's victory was hailed as one of the biggest upsets in cricket history. It was the more extraordinary for being the work of their bowlers, rather than their highly rated batting. Captain Maurice Odumbe thought his team was done for when he lost the toss; once they were all out for 166, he was certain of it. But his amateur attack dismissed West Indies for 93, their lowest World Cup total and their second worst in any one-day international. Kenya had struggled to 81 for six after Walsh removed their top three. The last four, however, added 85, thanks to Hitesh Modi and the 17-year-old Thomas Odoyo, and survived into the final over, though the highest scorer was Extras, with 35. Part-time wicket-keeper Adams equalled the World Cup record of five dismissals. West Indies' nightmare began with Richardson being bowled leg stump by Rajab Ali. Three balls later, Campbell was also bowled, by Suji. The collapse became critical when Lara was caught behind by Tariq Iqbal, whose stout figure and village-standard juggling had hitherto caused much mirth. Only Chanderpaul and Harper reached double figures and both fell to the off-spin of Maurice Odumbe, whose figures of three for 15 in ten overs exactly mirrored those of his more famous counterpart, Harper. The last wicket went the same way as the first - Cuffy was bowled by Rajab Ali, who fell into his team-mates' arms. As the Kenyans ran an exuberant victory lap, cheered on by local spectators, West Indies realised that, level on points with Kenya and Zimbabwe, they could no longer be certain of reaching the quarter-finals. The future of their captain, Richardson, looked even bleaker.

Man of the Match: M. Odumbe.

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