Sunday 13 March 2011 

Obuya Shines With Unbeaten 98 Before Australia Qualify

Obuya Shines With Unbeaten 98 Before Australia Qualify
Obuya Shines With Unbeaten 98 Before Australia Qualify
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Australia 324-6 (Clarke 93, Haddin 65) beat
Kenya 264-6 (C Obuya 98no, Mishra 72) by 60 runs
ICC Cricket World Cup Group A, Bangalore
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Collins Obuya hit a stroke-filled unbeaten 98 in 129 balls but it was nowhere near enough for Kenya as they slipped to a 60-run defeat against Australia in Bangalore.

Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Michael Hussey all scored half-centuries as Australia made their way to 324 for six before they restricted Kenya to 264 for six to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Clarke hit 93, Haddin 65 and Hussey 54 as reigning champions Australia put themselves in position to extend their impressive World Cup unbeaten run. They are still to lose a match since 1999 having won the title in 1999, 2003 and 2007.

Obuya and Tanmay Mishra (72) then scored half-centuries as Kenya put in by far their best batting performance of the competition to ensure they weren't embarrassed.

Clarke was in sublime form, hitting 93 in 80 balls with seven fours and one six, perishing in the penultimate over looking to hit a second six over long on.

Haddin made 65 in 79 balls with nine fours and a six at the top of the order while Hussey, fresh into the side having recovered from a knee injury, played as if he had never been away, making 54 in 43 balls.

Nehemiah Odhiambo proved the pick of the bowlers for Kenya, bowling well first up and taking three for 57 with the wickets of Shane Watson (21), Clarke and Hussey.

Ricky Ponting (36) and Cameron White (2) were the other players to be dismissed while Steven Smith was unbeaten on 17 and Mitchell Johnson was on 12.

Kenya then flew out of the blocks with Alex Obanda hitting 14 in ten balls before he was bowled by Shaun Tait and Morris Ouma (4) was caught by Haddin off Brett Lee.

However, instead of collapsing as they had done in previous matches, Kenya showed their fighting qualities with Obuya dropping anchor once David Obuya had been run out for 12, allowing Mishra to hit eight fours and a six in making 72 in 88 balls - his second half-century of the competition.

After Mishra was run out by Clarke, Obuya accelerated towards the end of the innings as he and Thomas Odoyo (35 in 38 balls) used the batting Power Play smartly but their partnership was broken when Odoyo was bowled by Tait.

The final wicket to fall was Rakep Patel, who was run out for six attempting to get Obuya on strike and although he had a couple of deliveries to reach a century, he was unable to do so, Tait closing out the game for Australia.

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