ICC World Cup Results: Black Caps waste no time in thrashing Kenya

ICC World Cup Results: Black Caps waste no time in thrashing Kenya

New Zealand opened their ICC World Cup campaign with an emphatic 10-wicket in double quick time win against Group A minnows Kenya in Chennai on Sunday.

The game was scheduled for 100 overs but lasted short of a third the total after Kenya were bowled out for 69 runs in 23.5 overs and New Zealand took just 8 overs to thrash 72 runs to deal the Africans a crushing blow.

Kenya elected to bat after winning the toss but their batsmen were unable to cope with the pace of the Black Caps’ bowling attack and were soon in trouble. Tim Southee took the first wicket with fourteen runs on the board before the introduction of Hamish Bennet in the tenth over. The 23-year-old ripped through the top order with four wickets in a fiery spell to reduce Kenya to 49-5, recording bowling figures of 16-4 from his 5 overs. Jacob Oram’s cameo produced 3 wickets for only two runs in 2.5 overs and Southee claimed the rest in his 13-3 from 6 overs.

New Zealand openers, Brendan McCullum and Martin Guptil wasted no time in getting after the Kenyan bowlers and Guptil hit five 4s and two 6s in an aggressive 39 not out. McCullum ended Kenya’s misery with two reverse-sweep boundaries.

This was the second match of the ICC World Cup which got underway on Saturday when co-hosts India and Bangladesh met in Mirpur. The crowd got full entertainment for the entry fee as the game went the full distance and more than 600 runs were scored.

India batted first and opener Virender Sehwag set the tone of the game by smacking the first delivery from Shafiul Islam to the boundary for four runs on his way to 175 in 140 balls as India made 370-4 from their 50 overs. Virat Kohil also made a century and his 100 not out took 83 deliveries.

Bangladesh were never able to attain the necessary run rate although they were able to bat their full 50 overs, reaching 283-9 to lose by 87 runs. Opener Tamim Iqbal top scored with 70 runs from 86 balls and Shakib Al Hasan was the only other batsman to make a half-century scoring 55 from 50 deliveries. Zaheer Khan was pick of the Indian bowlers with 40-4 in 10 overs.

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