Hamish Bennett led New Zealand’s humiliation of a Kenya outfit clearly out of its depth, attacking the stumps with metronomic accuracy to rip out four quick wickets as the minnows capitulated for just 69. Tim Southee helped himself to three cheap wickets, while Jacob Oram also picked up three in three overs to set up what should be a woefully one-sided contest.
Kenya’s first showing at this tournament demonstrated both their lack of competency against good, but hardly exceptional, seam bowling and their incomprehension of the review system as borderline decisions were accepted without question and clear-cut ones questioned out of sheer desperation.
Jimmy Kamande called correctly at the toss and opted to bat on a pitch expected to help slow bowlers, but that was Kenya’s last success of the morning. The new ball barely deviated off the straight for Southee but Kenya’s young opening pair, perhaps over-awed by the occasion, remained nervously rooted to the crease and had cobbled together just 14 runs – all in singles – when Southee nipped one off the seam to strike Alex Obanda in front of leg stump.
Umpire Marais Erasmus’ decision initially looked a good one, but there was a hint that a review might have been in order. The Kenyans will, of course, be unfamiliar with the UDRS, but that provides no excuse for Obanda’s tame acceptance of his demise as replays showed that the ball would have gone over the top of the stumps by at least an inch or two.
With the innings drifting swiftly into mediocrity Collins Obuya got going with a couple of meaty blows off Nathan McCullum, who opened the bowling from the other end, but just as he and Waters were starting to gain momentum Bennett was introduced and soon had the innings in disarray. First, he fired one full and straight at Waters, the ball shooting through at a low shin height to pin the batsman in front of his stumps.
There would have been high hopes from the Kenyan camp of Steve Tikolo, their veteran batsman, sparking a revival but he was swiftly removed by a searing full delivery that burst through a lazy swish to make a mess of his stumps.
With the ball keeping low and starting to nip off the seam Obuya was the next batsman to be rapped on the front pad, right in front of middle. Perhaps out of desperation, a completely superfluous review was called for but there was no second life for Obuya and the innings sank even further when Maurice Ouma was dispatched in identical fashion in Bennett’s next over to to make it 49 for 5.
That soon become 59 for 6, Oram finding the edge of Kamande’s bat to end his brief resistance, and with that the fight went from Kenya’s innings. Oram had Thomas Odoyo easily caught by Jesse Ryder, fending at a rising delivery, and Southee was on a hat-trick when he removed Nehemiah Odhiambo and Shem Ngoche with the last two balls of his sixth over.
There was no second international hat-trick for him, however, with Elijah Otieno flicking Oram straight to midwicket shortly afterwards to end a miserable Kenyan innings and set up a chase that should be over before lunch.
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