A week after Zimbabwe's comprehensive defeat by Pakistan in both Test
and limited-overs series, they were offered a pick-me-up in the form of three
one-day internationals against the Kenyans in advance of the World Cup.
Kenya arrived during the wet season, and though they did win one rainaffected
game against Zimbabwe A, they never seriously threatened the senior
side; their bowlers took only four wickets between them in the 71 overs
they delivered. Zimbabwe were still missing their captain, Heath Streak, but
some of their injured bowlers - Douglas Hondo, Travis Friend and finally
Andy Blignaut - returned from injury during the series, and all of them
prospered. Unusually for a modern one-day international series, there was
no TV umpire: the series was not televised.
Match reports for
1st ODI: Zimbabwe v Kenya at Harare, Dec 8, 2002
2nd ODI: Zimbabwe v Kenya at Kwekwe, Dec 11, 2002
3rd ODI: Zimbabwe v Kenya at Bulawayo, Dec 15, 2002
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