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Cricket Match Predictions: Kenya beat Bangladesh to make it to 2003 World Cup Super Sixes

Kenya's Steve Tikolo

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This was an historic day for Kenya as it was the first time that the African nation qualified for the Super Sixes of a world tournament with a 32-run win over Bangladesh at the Wanderers. Having just beaten Sri Lanka by 53 runs in the last game, it was not completely unanticipated for Kenya to trump Bangladesh.


Maurice Odumbe ended as the Player of the Match for his all-round performance.


Match Summary


Kenya 217/7(50 Overs) - Maurice Odumbe*52 (46), Ravi Shah37 (54); Sanwar Hossain3/49 (10), Tapash Baisya1/22 (8)


Bangladesh 185(47.2 Overs) - Tushar Imran48 (81), Akram Khan44 (60); Maurice Odumbe4/38 (10), Steve Tikolo3/14 (5.2)


Result - Kenya won by 32 runs


Having won the toss and batted under pressure for most of their innings, Kenya totaled 217 at the end of their 50 overs. Had it not been for excellent 52 not out off 46 balls by Maurice Odumbe, and 22 off 21 balls from Collins Obuya, Kenya might not have pulled it off. Odumbe found a willing partner in Obuya, who helped himself to 22 runs in 21 balls for Kenya to end on 217 for seven.


The Bangladeshi bowlers produced their best form of the tournament with the ball. Sanwar Hossain, with the wickets of Tikolo, Modi and Odoyo, conceded 39 runs in his 10 overs, while Khaled Mahmud ended with 1/39.


 Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Kennedy Otieno, 0.3 ov), 2-68 (Brijal Patel, 17.6 ov), 3-80 (Ravi Shah, 20.4 ov), 4-116 (Steve Tikolo, 32.3 ov), 5-124 (Hitesh Modi, 34.4 ov), 6-164 (Thomas Odoyo, 42.5 ov), 7-197 (Collins Obuya, 47.5 ov)


Al Sahariar started the Bangladesh innings with a bang but couldn't last long. Tushar Imran and Khaled Mashud then took Bangladesh past the 50-run mark. Bangladesh laboured to 100 in 27 overs after Odumbe had broken a 46-run partnership between Imran and Alok Kapali.


When Imran was caught for 48 off 81 balls and Bangladesh 111/5, there was still hope for Bangladesh, with 21 overs left. But that faded when the threatening partnership between Akram Khan and Sanwar Hossain was broken, as Hossain lofted to long-off and Bangladesh were six down for 151. 


It was all over in the 48th over when Bangladesh were bowled out for 185 as Kenyan players experienced the zenith of their cricketing careers. Odumbe followed up his unbeaten half-century with figures to 4/38 from 10 overs.


Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Al Sahariar, 2.6 ov), 2-17 (Mohammad Ashraful, 4.1 ov), 3-53 (Khaled Mashud, 16.3 ov), 4-99 (Alok Kapali, 26.3 ov), 5-111 (Tushar Imran, 28.5 ov), 6-151 (Sanwar Hossain, 38.1 ov), 7-158 (Khaled Mahmud, 40.5 ov), 8-180 (Mohammad Rafique, 45.4 ov), 9-180 (Akram Khan, 45.5 ov), 10-185 (Manjurul Islam, 47.2 ov)


Kenya went to qualify for the semi-final of the 2003 World Cup.




Bangladesh - Al Sahariar, Mohammad Ashraful, Tushar Imran, Khaled Mashud (c & wk), Alok Kapali, Akram Khan, Sanwar Hossain, Khaled Mahmud, Mohammad Rafique, Tapash Baisya, Manjural Islam 


Kenya - Kennedy Otieno (wk), Ravi Shah, Brijal Patel, Steve Tikolo (c), Hitesh Modi, Maurice Odumbe, Thomas Odoyo, Collins Obuya, Peter Ongondo, Martin Suji, Tony Suji


Match Details


Match: Bangladesh v Kenya, 35th Match, ICC World Cup, 2003 

Date: Saturday, March 01, 2003 

Toss: Kenya won the toss and opt to bat 

Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 

Umpires: Asoka De Silva, Neil Mallender 

Third Umpire: Simon Taufel 

Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle


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