Paul Strang, the leg-spinner, amassed five wickets as Zimbabwe gained a far from convincing five-wicket win over Kenya in their World Cup match in Patna, India, yesterday.
Kenya were dismissed for 134 with two balls of their 50 overs remaining, and Zimbabwe made heavy weather of overtaking their target before they eventually reached 137 for 5 with 7.4 overs remaining.
Sent in to bat, Kenya made a steady start despite losing their opener Tariq Iqbal with seven on the board. Deepak Chudasama and Kennedy Otieno took the score to 60 for 1 in the 22nd over before the latter was bowled for 19 by the off-spinner Steven Peall to start the collapse, with four wickets falling in the space of seven runs and 32 balls. Strang then took command to steer his side home.
(Zimbabwe won toss)
D Chudasama run out 34
Tariq Iqbal b Lock 1
K Otieno b Peall 19
S Tikalo st A Flower b B Strang 0
*M Odumbe c B Strang b P Strang 30
H Modi b B Strang 3
E Odumbe c Campbell b P Strang 20
T Odoyo c G W Flower b P Strang 0
Asif Karim lbw b P A Strang 0
M Suji c G W Flower b P Strang 15
Rajab Ali not out 0
Extras (lb3 w8 nb1) 12
Total (49.4 overs) 134
Fall: 1-7 2-60 3-61 4-63 5-67 6-109 7-109 8-109 9-134.
Bowling: Streak 7-2-23-0; Lock 8-2-19-1; Whittall 5-0-21-0; Peall 10- 1-23-1; B Strang 10-0-24-2; P Strang 9.4-1-21-5.
A C Waller c Tikalo b M Odumbe 30
G W Flower b Suji 45
A D R Campbell c Tikalo b M Odumbe 6
G J Whittall c E Odumbe b Rajab Ali 6
*A Flower b Rajab Ali 5
C N Evans not out 8
H H Streak not out 15
Extras (b3 lb4 w12 nb3) 22
Total (for 5, 42.2 overs) 137
Fall: 1-59 2-79 3-104 4-108 5-113.
Did not bat: P A Strang, S G Peall, B Strang, A P C Lock.
Bowling: Suji 9.2-0-37-0; Rajab Ali 8-1-22-3; E Odumbe 2-0-14-0; Odoyo 2-0-7-0; Asif Karim 10-1-21-0; M Odumbe 10-2-24-2; Tikalo 1-0-5-0.
Umpires: Khizer Hayat and C J Mitchley.