Kenya go down fighting
Given Ricky Ponting's rather obvious dislike of associates playing in major international tournaments, one can't help hoping that it's an associate that ends Australia's unbeaten record in World Cups that stretches back to 1999. Kenya wasn't the one to do it, though they played quite well, and it wasn't the thrashing many were predicting.
Batting first after winning the toss, Australia were on 127-1 in the 25th over, before a mini-collapse saw them lose three wickets for 16 runs in 2.2 overs. Kenya couldn't capitalise on that though, and Australia began to take the game away from them.
The fifth wicket put on 114 before Michael Hussey was out for 54 from 43 balls, and Michael Clarke stayed in to scored 93 from 80 balls as Australia made 324-6 from their 50 overs. Nehemiah Odhiambo was the pick of the Kenyan bowlers with 3-57.
In reply Kenya, playing without Steve Tikolo for just the twelfth time in 141 ODIs, were on 46-3 when Tanmay Mishra came to the crease to join Collins Obuya. The pair put on 115 for the fourth wicket before Mishra was run out on 72, the second of three run outs caused by Obuya.
He then put on 86 for the fifth wicket with Thomas Odoyo, who hit 35 before being bowled by Shaun Tait. Obuya stayed in to the end of the innings, needing three from the last ball to reach his century. He could only manage a single though, and he finished unbeaten on 98.
Kenya lost by 60 runs, with Obuya taking the man of the match award. One thing that this match, and the Canada v New Zealand match today, showed was that Kenya and Canada are getting better as the tournament goes on. This can be seen as a microcosm of the argument that more games are needed for the associates against the full members if the associates are to become more competitive. Kenya will hope to continue that increase in form when they take on Sri Lanka, a team they beat on the way the the semi-final in 2003, in their next match.