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  Tuesday, 17 September, 2002, 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
Kenya go down fighting
Lara's flashing blade was the main feature of the day
Lara's flashing blade was the main feature of the day
ICC Champions Trophy, Colombo: West Indies 261-6 beat Kenya 232 (49.1 overs) by 29 runs

A brave century by Brian Lara, who played despite illness, was crucial to the West Indies' cause as they beat Kenya at the Sinhalese Sports Ground.

But Kenya will reflect on a stack of missed chances, with Lara himself dropped on three occasions.

The African team's star batsman Steve Tikolo hit a fine 93, but his partners found the target too stiff though they were never out of the game until the last five overs.

Despite the win, the West Indies must pray Kenya can somehow beat South Africa, otherwise they will fail to make the semi-finals.

Lara struck form in the latter half of his knock
Lara hit two sixes in his century

The Carribean men batted first and Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul added 60 inside 12 overs, Gayle smashing medium-pacer Martin Suji for successive sixes.

When Gayle fell for 33 from 42 balls, miscuing a pull at Thomas Odoyo, the Kenyan bowlers gained a measure of control.

Lara struggled through 12 overs before hitting a boundary, but found his stride in striking seven more along the ground, along with two sixes.

Chanderpaul was dismissal for a patient 43, top-edging Maurice Odumbe to the wicket-keeper, and that led to three cameos of 20 from the Windies middle order.

Of them, Wavell Hinds crashed his runs from just seven deliveries, with two sixes, before he became the second run-out.

Lara reached 111 from just 120 balls before he was finally bowled by Tikolo's off-spin.

He had one controversial let-off when earning a reprieve from third umpire Asoka de Silva when he had 32.

Television replays appeared to indicate he had cut a delivery from Collins Obuya straight into the hands of wicketkeeper David Obuya.

Steep side

In reply, Kenya lost opener Kennedy Otieno for a duck, but recovered well, largely through Tikolo.

The required run rate was always on the steep side, though.

And once Brijal Patel was out for 35 after adding 50 for the third wicket Tikolo, further wickets fell at regular intervals.

Pedro Collins was the pick of the bowlers, with three for 18 from 9.1 overs.


Kenya: Steve Tikolo (capt), Thomas Odoyo, Joseph Angara, Brijal Patel Collins Obuya, David Obuya, Kennedy Otieno, Ravindu Shah, Tony Suji, Martin Suji Maurice Odumbe.

West Indies: Carl Hooper (captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Pedro Collins, Mervyn Dillon, Vasbert Drakes, Chris Gayle, Wavell Hinds, Ridley Jacobs, Brian Lara, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Umpires: Daryl Harper (Aus) & Srinivas Venkataraghavan (Ind).

Third umpire: Asoka de Silva (SrL).

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