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New Zealand Crush Kenya in Twenty20 World Cup

Minnows Kenya were bundled out for a paltry score of 73 which took just 7.4 overs for New Zealand to overhaul. Mark Gillespie and Shane Bond proved too hot for the Kenyans to handle.

A DAY AFTER the high-scoring opening match of the ICC World Twenty20, minnows Kenya were shot out for the lowest score in the history of Twenty20 cricket. Mark Gillespie and Shane Bond were firing from all cylinders from the word go on a helpful pitch as wickets tumbled at Kingsmead in a flurry.

The plight of the Kenyan batsmen can be gauged from the fact that their top four batsmen returned to the comfort of the pavilion without troubling the scorers. One for the loss of four wickets was the score when Collins Obuya and Thomas Odoyo joined forces to do some damage control. The two scored 18 each before falling to irresponsible shots at crucial junctures. The middle-lower order lived up to its reputation of being called ‘spineless’. The Kenyan innings could last just 16.5 overs! Only six boundaries were hit and R L Budhia struck the solitary six of the innings.

Credit, however, should be given to the Kiwis for the most disciplined bowling performance in the series so far. Bond was fast and accurate, while Gillespie used the seam of the ball to good effect. Gillespie was later given the Man of the Match award for his bowling figures of 4 for 7 in 2.5 overs while Bond’s figures of 2 for 12 were the best for a completed spell in a Twenty20 game. Chris Martin and Daniel Vettori kept up the pressure to share two wickets each.

Kiwis started the run chase in a brilliant fashion with Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum adding 40 runs for the first wicket in 4.3 overs. Vincent was the only batsman to fall, not before stroking his way to a breezy 27 off 20 balls, including four fours and a huge six. McCullum and Peter Fulton completed the formalities by scoring the remaining runs in quick time, remaining unbeaten on 16 and 21 respectively.

The match provided some inspiration to the otherwise helpless bowlers to perform well in the tournament. The balance is tilted heavily in the favour of batsmen in this shortest version of cricket, and bowlers have few incentives to work for. It also signifies that this form of the game is not immune from low-scoring and one-sided games.

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