Kenya cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win in their clash with fellow Group C minnows Canada in St Lucia.
Kenya cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win in their clash with fellow minnows Canada in St Lucia – sending a clear message to Group C rivals England and New Zealand that they will once again be no pushovers.
Set a victory target of 200 after electing to bowl, the shock semi-finalists of 2003 eased home with a little under seven overs to spare, aided by some slack fielding and 28 extras.
Kenya had lost an early wicket when David Obuya (four) nudged Anderson Cummins behind and they were two down when Ravi Shah (six) was trapped lbw by Umar Bhatti to leave them 52 for two.
A 58 from Maurice Ouma steadied the ship and, as the Canadians lamentably failed to exert any kind of pressure, the imperious Steve Tikolo with 72 not out and youngster Tanmay Mishra (35 not out) guided the Kenyans home at a canter.
Earlier Canada, who face England in both teams' second group game on Sunday, made a solid start to their innings as openers Geoff Barnett and Abdool Samad put on 40 for the first wicket.
Samad (15) eventually fell in the 11th over to seamer Thomas Odoyo and Barnett followed four overs later after a fine 50-ball 41.
His dismissal allowed the Africans' spinners to seize control as the run rate plummeted.
Wicketkeeper Ashish Bagai was next out for 19 off Hiren Varaiya, who went for just 19 runs from his 10 overs.
Jimmy Kamande bowled captain John Davison – scorer of the quickest World Cup century – for eight and Qaiser Ali (six) before Ian Billcliff's dogged 34 came to an end, caught and bowled by skipper Tikolo.
Ashif Mulla made a useful 25 but his side's progress was hampered by the regular fall of wickets, with both Umar Bhatti (one) and Anderson Cummins (one) falling to comical run outs.
It was a disappointing way for Cummins to start a World Cup in which he becomes only the second player – after Kepler Wessels – to feature for two different countries in finals tournaments, following his appearance for the West Indies in 1992.
Canada were able to progress to 199 before seamer Henry Osinde was run out for one on the final ball of the innings, leaving Sunil Dhaniram unbeaten with a fine 34 off 35 balls.
Spinners Kamande and Tikolo were the pick of the Kenyan attack with two wickets apiece.
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