ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Pool (A) Match 02:
NZ Vs Kenya:
20th Feb 2011 (Chennai):
New Zealand played to Kenya at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai was the 2nd match of this World Cup, a lot of neutral fans were expecting an early upset in the tournament. Kenya who has previously beaten West Indies in 1996 edition of World Cup, when they successfully defended a meager total of 166 and bowled out West Indies for just 93, later in 2003 World Cup, they upset the mighty Lankans and went out to play the Semi-Final. The match started with Kenya winning the toss and elected to bat, New Zealand opened their bowling with Tim Southee and their off spinner Nathan McCullum, similar tactics were employed by them during 1992 World cup, when they used to open with Deepak Patel. Kenya started very slowly and were at one time 40 for one in 12 overs, later they were crumbled by some really good bowling by young duo of Hamish Bennett and Tim Southee who managed 4 and 3 wickets respectively, later Oram joined in and finished up the job by taking 3 wickets for 2 runs with Kenya only managing 69 runs with 3 ducks and top score of 16 not out by the middle order Rakep Patel, New Zealand in reply requiring only 70 runs from 300 deliveries needed only 48 deliveries to complete the chase, both the openers enjoyed their little stay of 37 mints striking above run a ball with Guptill scoring 39 runs and McCullum 26 runs. NewZealand winning the match by 10 wickets with 252 balls to spares which is their most comprehensive win and 3rd best for all teams in the World Cup
For New Zealand it was an emphatic start to their World Cup campaign. For Kenya, things can only get better from here, but after this match ICC really needs to look into the matter whether Associate nations deserve to play in World Cup or not?