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ICC World Cup
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
New Zealand made embarrassingly short work of Kenya in their World Cup opener in Chennai, winning by 10 wickets.
The Group A match scheduled for 100 overs lasted less than 32 as the Black Caps dismissed Kenya for 69 and knocked off the runs in just 48 balls.
The African side were never at the races and lost their last nine wickets for 29 in the face of some impressive seam bowling.
Hamish Bennett was the pick of the bowlers - his 4-16 featuring the spectacular wicket of veteran Steve Tikolo, who was left with one stump standing after missing a straight one.
Jacob Oram (3-2) and Tim Southee (3-13) shared the other six wickets equally, the former finishing things off by removing Elijah Otieno.
Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill rattled to the target in double-quick time, half of their 72-0 coming in boundaries.
Kenya got off to a dismal start, losing five wickets inside the first 16 overs with paceman Bennett doing the bulk of the damage.
The 23-year-old, who was introduced as first change in the 10th over, claimed four wickets in his fiery opening spell after Southee had sent back opener Alex Obanda (six) early on.
From 40-1 in the 12th over, the minnows slumped to 49-5, with Seren Waters (16), Collins Obuya (14), Steve Tikolo (two) and wicketkeeper Maurice Ouma back in the pavilion after failing to stand up to Bennett's pace.
He got three of his four victims lbw as he stuck to an impeccable line during his opening spell which cost just 15 runs.
Oram then took over and claimed Jimmy Kamande (two) to leave Kenya tottering on 59-6.
He struck again in his next over when Thomas Odoyo found his leading edge caught at point by Jesse Ryder.
Southee then polished off the tail, dismissing Nehemiah Odhiambo and Shem Ngoche in successive balls while Oram sent back number eleven Elijah Otieno.
New Zealand wasted little time in rattling off the required runs.
Guptill (39no) began the chase aggressively and hit five boundaries and two sixes, while McCullum (26no) finished the match with two reverse-sweep boundaries to seal a simple win.World Cup. Click here to bet.
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