Standard Bank Triangular Series, match 9

India v Kenya

At Paarl, October 24 (day/night). India won by 186 runs. India 5 pts. Toss: India.

A record-shattering performance from Ganguly and Tendulkar helped India forget their humiliation at Port Elizabeth. In the 16th over, they passed 100 together for the 16th time as an opening pair, breaking Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes's record; in the 35th, they raised 200. They had overtaken the first-wicket record in one-day internationals - their own 252 against Sri Lanka in 1997-98 - to reach 258 when Ganguly fired yet another disdainful drive, this time down the throat of long-on. His 18th one-day international hundred had carried him past 7,000 runs. Tendulkar seemed to have the first double-century at this level within reach; instead, two overs later, he hit a full toss tamely to mid-wicket. It brought no respite: Sehwag hammered an unbeaten 55 off just 23 balls, including 20 from Martin Suji's last four deliveries. Only the newly arrived Laxman missed out as Kenya conceded 350 for the second time in three days. With the result beyond doubt, Kenya seemed content to bat out their 50 overs against uninspired bowling. Modi, called up from his holiday to replace Angara, batted competently but could not avert India's biggest one-day victory.

Man of the Match: S. R. Tendulkar.

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