Zimbabwe beat Kenya, lead series 2-0

Updated: 29 January 2009 15:44 IST

Zimbabwe recorded its fifth largest one-day victory after posting its highest ever total on Thursday, beating Kenya by 151 runs to lead 2-0 in the series.

Zimbabwe beat Kenya, lead series 2-0

Mombasa, Kenya:

Zimbabwe recorded its fifth largest one-day victory after posting its highest ever total on Thursday, beating Kenya by 151 runs to lead 2-0 in the five-match series.

Stuart Matsikenyeri hit 90 off 95 balls and Malcolm Waller 63 off 54, but it was Elton Chigumbura's 68 off 29 balls that propelled Zimbabwe to score 105 in the last eight overs to reach 351-7 and surpass its mark of 340-2 against Namibia in 2003 in Harare.

After losing a wicket in the first over, Kenya never approached the average 7 runs per over it needed to score to win. Steve Tikolo top-scored with 56 off 48 balls before his team was bowled out for 200 in the 36th over at Mombasa Sports Club Ground.

Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya won the toss and elected to bat for the second time in the series. The openers had a steady start before Hamilton Masakadza (23) was lbw off Nehemiah Odhiambo to make it 44-1 in the ninth over.

Opening partner Vusi Sibanda was the next to go 11 overs later, run out for 41 to make it 92-2, and Keith Dabengwa followed for 25 with the total on 141-3 in the 28th.

Matsikenyeri was dismissed after putting on 105 with Waller and signal the entrance of Chigumbura, who lost Waller and Forster Mutizwa (5) before being bowled by Tikolo on the penultimate ball of the innings.

Collins Obuya had the best bowling figures for Kenya, taking 2-57 off nine overs.

Kenya's innings started terribly, Seren Waters being bowled for 0 by Tawanda Mupariwa on the third ball to be 1-1. That became 2-8 three overs later when Alex Obanda was caught by Ray Price off Chigumbura for 2.

Kennedy Otieno put on 87 with Tikolo before he was out lbw to Price for 37. Tikolo was dismissed 13 runs later, and Kenya lost its following six wickets for just 92 runs.

Dabengwa took 2-21 and Graeme Cremer 2-40 to be the only bowlers to take more than one wicket.

Zimbabwe won the first match by 109 runs on Tuesday.



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