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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 September, 2004, 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK
India too strong for Kenya
ICC Champions Trophy, The Rose Bowl: India 290-4 beat Kenya 192-7 by 98 runs

Martin Suji bowls to Virender Sehwag
India cruised to a 98-run win over Kenya in their opening ICC Champions Trophy match at The Rose Bowl.

India made 290-4 from their 50 overs as captain Sourav Ganguly top-scored with 90 and VVS Laxman played a patient innings of 79.

Mohammed Kaif and Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten, having put on 73 runs from the last five overs.

Harbhajan was the pick of the India attack, taking 3-33, as Kenya finished on 192-7 from their 50 overs.

India took a while to get a firm grip on the match, as both Ganguly and Laxman seemed content to play the Kenya bowlers around for ones and twos, after Virender Sehwag lost his wicket early in the innings.

Sehwag's attempt to smash the ball back over the head of Thomas Odoyo failed spectacularly as he missed and the ball hit the stumps.

Kenya's attack, although generally accurate, lacked pace and Ganguly was able to do pretty much as he liked until he was yorked by Martin Suji.

Yuvraj Singh was then caught and bowled by Thomas Odoyo for three before Laxman was stumped by Kennedy Otieno off the same bowler.

The lively Kaif and Dravid showed their full stroke-making repertoire, taking advantage of the tiring Kenyan bowlers in the closing overs.

Kaif finished unbeaten on 46, while Dravid, able to concentrate on his batting with Dinesh Karthik taking keeping duties, remained on 33.

Kenya appeared to set an agenda of fending off India's bowlers rather than attack them as they chased 291 for victory.

Kenya celebrate grabbing a wicket against India
A rare moment of delight for Kenya

They found themselves three wickets down after just nine overs, Otieno the first to fall after a superb run-out by Kaif.

Then 19-year-old Irfan Parthan launched into action, taking the wickets of captain Steve Tikolo, who was lbw to an inswinger, and Hitesh Modi, who hit a full-blooded effort that only found the safe hands of Ganguly.

Next, Harbhajan took centre stage, claiming the wickets of Ravindu Shah, who made a valiant 33, Ragheb Aga and Thomas Odoyo in quick succession.

Harbhajan went through his full range of well flighted variations as he gained some valuable practice ahead of a showdown with Pakistan.

In front of a record Rose Bowl attendance of just over 11,500, the watching crowd certainly got their money's worth, if not full entertainment value, as Maurice Ouma stuck it out to reach 49.

Ouma, playing in his first one-day international, edged Agit Agarkar's final ball of his spell into the secure hands of Karthik.

Kenya's batsmen played out the remaining overs left.

The fact that India failed to bowl out the Kenyans is unlikely to have upset Ganguly and his team who will now be solely concentrating on their game against group rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston next week.


India: S C Ganguly (Capt), R Dravid, V Sehwag, V V S Laxman Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, K K D Karthik (Wkt), A B Agarkar Harbhajan Singh, I K Pathan, A Nehra.

Kenya : K O Otieno (Wkt), R D Shah, S O Tikolo (Capt), H S Modi T M Odoyo, R G Aga, B J Patel, M A Suji, A O Suji, M A Ouma P J Ongondo.


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