13 not out and five for 24 in the second innings against Sri Lanka
2003 World Cup league match
Kenya (210 for 9) beat Sri Lanka (157 all out) by 53 runs
Kenyans shock Sri Lanka
Simon Briggs - 25 February 2003
Ali Bacher's dream of a pan-African World Cup was born anew
yesterday when Kenya overcame a stilted Sri Lanka to announce
themselves as serious contenders for the Super Six phase.
In the tournament's biggest surprise to date, the Sri Lankans
were scattered by the gentle leg-breaks of Collins Obuya, an
unknown 21-year-old who eclipsed Muttiah Muralitharan's familiar
razzle-dazzle. After Sri Lanka's pursuit of 210 had ended on 157
all out, their captain, Sanath Jayasuriya, called it the worst
day of his career.
This was a correspondingly euphoric moment for Kenyan cricket, a
memorable win that went a long way towards repairing the damage
caused by New Zealand's refusal to come to Nairobi for last
Friday's forfeited match.
Whatever the perceived dangers, it would have been hard to
imagine a cosier environment than the old colonial Gymkhana
ground, filled with politely passionate Kenyan support. Now the
Kenyans have effectively won both their Pool B matches over big-
If they can claim another victory over Bangladesh on Saturday - a
feat they have managed four times in as many attempts in Kenya -
Steve Tikolo's men will hold a guaranteed total of 16 points,
enough to give them a healthy chance of progressing. Bacher, the
tournament director, would certainly approve of that.
In truth, yesterday was a pretty ordinary game, but a fabulous
occasion for Nairobi, a city whose feel-good factor has been
rocketing since the unpopular President Moi was ousted in a
democratic election two months ago.
Jayasuriya probably erred when he put the home side in, but it is
worth remembering that in Sri Lanka's previous match, they
skittled Canada for only 36. This time Chaminda Vaas was almost
as swiftly into the action, winning an lbw decision against
Ravindu Shah with his second ball.
Sri Lanka had less success with the other opener, the
wicketkeeper Kennedy Otieno, who opted for a simple block-bash
philosophy. His best stroke was a mammoth six over long-on off
Vaas, but when he fell for 60, top-edging another mighty heave,
the visitors seemed well on top.
No one else was able to pass 26. Yet the fact that Kenya were
allowed to turn 112 for four into 210 for nine reflected some
lackadaisical cricket from Sri Lanka, who fielded messily and
generally seemed happy to let Muralitharan do all the work.
Their coach, Dav Whatmore, later admitted that "there seemed to
be an element of 'leave it to the next person'."
The target was an awkward one, particularly on a pitch that began
to "die" in mid-afternoon, growing slower and slower until it was
almost impossible to time the ball. Should the batsmen play
percentage cricket or press on in an effort to fire up their net
This quandary was reflected in the first and most crucial wicket,
that of Jayasuriya himself. Looking for the lofted on-drive, then
checking his shot, Jayasuriya only succeeded in helping the ball
gently into the hands of midwicket.
The scent of an upset was already in the air when his partner,
Marvan Atapattu, drove too early and dragged one on to his
stumps. Then Obuya ripped through the middle order, who were
caught cold after 2.5 weeks without a knock.
As if cowed by the challenge of this unheralded team, Sri Lanka
handed away their wickets with an air of apology, like
pamphleteers outside a tube station. After each success the
Kenyans converged into a dancing huddle, their bright red-and-
green outfits recalling the giant octopus from the opening
Kenya's win continues a tradition of World Cup upsets, from their
own 1996 triumph over the West Indies to Bangladesh's unseating
of Pakistan in 1999. There is a difference this time, because
this result might have a bearing on the rest of the tournament.
With Canada and Namibia providing scares of their own in the last
week, the minnows appear to be growing teeth.
© The Electronic Telegraph
Kenya stun Sri Lanka with electric fielding display
CricInfo - 24 February 2003
Kenya pulled off the shock of the tournament with a remarkable 53
run victory against the Sri Lankans at Nairobi on Monday.
Sri Lanka, firm favourites after three straight victories, were
bundled out for 157 in 45 overs chasing the 210 for nine scored
by Kenya early in the day.
Cheered on by a capacity partisan home crowd, the Kenya bowlers
and fielders produced an electric display in the field, bowling
tightly and fielding brilliantly.
Leg-spinner Collins Obuya was adjudged man of the match for a
superb spell of bowling, running through the Sri Lankan middle
order to claim five wickets for 24 from ten overs, the best ever
figures by a Kenyan.
Only Aravinda de Silva, who scored 41 from 53 deliveries,
provided any resistance on a slow pitch.
Earlier, Kennedy Otieno smashed an entertaining 60 from 88 balls,
hitting eight fours and two sixes as Kenya cobbled together their
It was Kenya's first win against Sri Lanka, their tenth ODI
victory, and their greatest day since they defeated West Indies
at Poona in the 1996 World Cup.
The win leaves Kenya, who picked up four points after New Zealand
forfeited their game for security reasons, with a good chance of
qualifying for the Super Sixes.
They now move into second position in the table with two matches
to play, one of which will be against the out-of-sorts
Sri Lanka's World Cup campaign may not lie in tatters but they
now face a fight to qualify for the second round with difficult
matches to be played against West Indies and South Africa.
Jayasuriya (3) failed for the second consecutive innings after
chipping a catch to wide mid on.
Marvan Atapattu (23) started the innings in glorious fashion with
a brace of boundaries but eventually came unstuck as he played
onto his stumps to gift Thomas Odoyo his 50th ODI wicket.
Hashan Tillakaratne (23), dropped in the gully when he had made
eight, looked to have settled during a 32 run partnership with
veteran Aravinda de Silva before hoisting a catch into the deep
De Silva counterattacked in characteristically positive fashion,
pulling a six high over square leg.
Mahela Jayawardene (5), desperately looking for form before key
matches against West Indies and South Africa, could have been run
out early on were it not for a fumble in the covers.
But the rusty looking right-hander did not make Kenya pay for a
rare fielding slip, poking a catch straight back to Obuya off a
leading edge as he tried to flick a full toss through the leg-
Kumar Sangakkara (5) was then athletically caught by a tumbling
Otieno behind the stumps and when De Silva was caught behind
whilst trying to force Obuya through the off-side Sri Lanka were
in dire straits on 112 for six.
Russel Arnold (25*), the last remaining specialist batsman,
struggled to hold the innings together but he was unable to claim
back the initiative as wickets continued to fall.
Vaas (4) was caught and bowled and then Prabath Nissanka (2) and
Muttiah Muralitharan (10) were well-caught on the boundary edge
of the skipper Steve Tikolo.
When Dilhara Fernando missed a reverse sweep and was bowled the
Kenyan's victory was complete and the wild celebrations
Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka had elected to field first against
the Kenyans, a surprise decision on an excellent batting surface
that promised plenty of runs.
The move looked to have been justified when Chaminda Vaas grabbed
a second ball wicket, trapping Ravindu Shah lbw with a curving
But Otieno reacted aggressively to the early loss, swinging Vaas
for two towering sixes and a flurry of boundaries, dashing Sri
Lankan hopes of another early finish.
Nevertheless Sri Lanka made inroads: Brijal Patel (12) edged an
off-cutter behind and Muralitharan trapped star batsman Steve
Tikolo (10) lbw with a sharply turning off-break.
When Otieno was snared in the deep the innings then lost momentum
with Hitesh Modi and former captain Maurice Odumbe struggling
against the Sri Lankan spinners, adding 40 runs in 10 overs.
The left-handed Modi, dropped at fine leg on nine and missed
again by wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara behind the stumps on 11,
scored 26 from 56 deliveries before being bowled as he tried to
reverse sweep Muralitharan.
Thomas Odoyo (6) was then caught behind off Vaas after the left-
armer was pulled back into the attack for his second spell of the
Vaas, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, finished with three
for 41 from his ten overs.
Odumbe (26) was brilliantly caught by Russel Arnold at mid-wicket
and Tony Suji was bowled by Muralitharan to leave Kenya in
trouble on 178 for 8.
However, Peter Ongondo then finished the innings with a flourish
scoring 20 from 18 balls and adding 32 in 4.1 overs with Collins
It appeared that Sri Lanka would stroll to victory but no one had
anticipated such and electric display from the Kenyans in the