The argument for keeping the associate sides in the World Cup, which has been gaining momentum in recent days, has been given a blow after Kenya turned in a poor performance against a rampant New Zealand team.

Batting first after winning the toss at Chennai, Kenya showed little backbone in their innings, with only three batsmen reaching double figures. They showed their obvious unfamiliarity with the review system by not reviewing some marginal decisions, including one lbw appeal that replays suggested was for a ball that was going a good two inches over the stumps, and asking for a review for one lbw appeal that was about as plum as it's possible to get.

That's not to take away from an excellent New Zealand bowling performance though, with Hamish Bennett the pick of the bunch with 4-16. Tim Southee took 3-13, including two in two balls. He was prevented from taking a hat-trick when Jacob Oram removed the last man to finish with 3-2 in 2.5 overs.

Kenya had scored 69 in 23.5 overs, and New Zealand had no problem chasing down that total, scoring the required runs in 8 overs to win by ten wickets.

Kenya will have a chance to redeem themselves on Wednesday when they play a Pakistan in some disarray, whilst New Zealand have a few days off before their next game, against Australia on Friday.