Kenya lose by 61 runs in warm-up
Whilst the eventual winning margin for the West Indies doesn't suggest it, Kenya came very close to a repeat of their famous victory over the West Indies in the 1996 World Cup in today's warm-up match in Colombo.
Put into bat after winning the toss, the West Indies had made just four when Devon Smith was bowled by Thomas Odoyo for a duck. Soon afterwards, two wickets in four balls had the West Indies on 32-3, and Kenya looked to have their noses slightly in front.
Ramnaresh Sarwan then set about rebuilding the West Indian innings. After a brief partnership with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, he put on 94 for the fifth wicket with Dwayne Bravo before Bravo was out for 54. Sarwan stayed in for the rest of the innings, dominating much of the strike, and he was eventually run out from the last ball of the innings having scored 123.
The West Indies had scored 253-8, a total that would have looked rather paltry had it not been for Sarwan and Bravo - the next highest score was Adrian Barath's 17. Pick of the bowlers for Kenya was Thomas Odoyo with 3-43.
Kenya started well in their chase, with Seren Waters and Collins Obuya putting on 70 for the second wicket before Waters was stumped for 43 from the last ball of the 26th over. The run rate then slowed, but with seven wickets in hand, 102 in twelve overs wasn't completely out of the question for the Africans.
But then the wheels came off the Kenyan innings. Obuya was bowled for 68 from the first ball of the 39th over and that sparked a collapse from 152-3 to 162-7 in 15 balls. Captain Jimmy Kamande tried his best, scoring an unbeaten 19 from 14 balls, but the rest of the batting line-up came down around him and Kenya were bowled out for 192 to lose by 61 runs.
Kenya were probably in control for most of this match, and the West Indies looked far from impressive, especially considering they've just finished an ODI series in Sri Lanka, so can't blame rustiness or lack of familiarity with the conditions for their display. They will no doubt now be a target for Ireland when they meet in a months time.
Kenya's next warm-up match is against the Netherlands on Tuesday.