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Cricket World Cup: Zimbabwe thrash hapless Kenyans

World Cup Group A, Kolkata:
Zimbabwe 308-6 (50 overs) beat Kenya 147 (36 overs) by 161 runs

Elton Chigumbura and Craig Ervine
Elton Chigumbura and Ervine shared a 105-run stand in Zimbabwe's innings

Zimbabwe recorded their second win of the World Cup with a 161-run victory over Kenya in a dead rubber match.

Tatenda Taibu (53) and Vusi Sibanda (61) rescued the Zimbabwe innings from 36-2 with a third-wicket stand of 110.

Craig Ervine then struck nine fours and a six during his fluent 54-ball knock of 66 to top score in Zimbabwe's 308-6.

Steve Tikolo was out for 10 in his last international game as Kenya slumped to 44-5 and despite Nehemiah Odhiambo's unbeaten 44, they were all out for 147.

Tikolo, 39, who made his debut at the 1996 World Cup in India and was named captain for his 133th appearance in the absence of the injured Jimmy Kamande, said: "I'm very disappointed as this was our last game of the tournament and we wanted to put in a good performance.

"I represented my country with a lot of pride. There have been ups and downs but I've enjoyed every moment."

Kenya's bowlers restricted Zimbabwe to just 55-2 off the first 15 overs but Taibu and Sibanda led the revival, the latter reaching 50 with a six off Tikolo before he was run out with both batsmen at the same end of the pitch.

Ervine kept the momentum going though, adding 105 for the fifth wicket with skipper Elton Chigumbura (38).

Greg Lamb and Prosper Utseya finished the innings in style, adding 32 runs off the last two overs to take the total past 300.

In reply, Kenya's top order failed again as brothers David and Collins Obuya were dismissed inside four overs and when Tikolo was trapped leg before, the score was 27-3.

Zimbabwe spinners Ray Price, Utseya, Lamb and Graeme Cremer collected seven scalps between them as wickets regularly fell.

Odhiambo showed some lower order resistance with a run-a-ball 44 but he was left six short of his second one-day international half century when James Ngoche was caught by Chris Mpofu.

Zimbabwe's Chigumbura said: "The guys played well all round, especially with the bat, which is something that we've asked for the whole tournament.

"You can't ask more from the bowling department, the guys have been consistent."

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