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Paul Strang 5-21 - Zimbabwe vs Kenya 16th Match Wills World Cup 1996 Articles

Cricket Articles - Paul Strang 5-21 - Zimbabwe vs Kenya 16th Match Wills World Cup 1996


Read the articles of Paul Strang 5-21 - Zimbabwe vs Kenya 16th Match Wills World Cup 1996 - 1996 Wills World Cup tournament of the 16th ODI match played between Kenya and Zimbabwe at Patna in 27th February 1996.

This modified article reference from Reuters

Leg-spinner Paul Strang grabbed five wickets as Zimbabwe convincing five-wicket victory over Kenya in the World Cup group A match.

Kenya were dismissed for 134 with two balls of their 50 overs remaining and Zimbabwe made heavy weather of overtaking the small target before eventually reaching 137 for five with 7.4 overs remaining.

Zimbabwe Sent in to bat, Kenya collapsed after a steady start saw them reach 60 for one, with four wickets falling in the space of seven runs and 32 balls.

Paul Strang then took command, ripping out the remaining wickets to end with his five for 21 in 9.4 overs.

It was a disappointing display by the Kenyans, who desperately wanted to prove themselves against their test-playing fellow Africans.

They will rue the rain which washed out the first attempt to play this match the previous day when Zimbabwe batted first and Kenya had them in some trouble.

But the second attempt to play the fixture was a completely different story under cloudless skies. The only similarity was that once again the 32,000 seater stadium was packed with enthusiastic Indian supporters.

At one stage a fight broke out between two sections of the crowd, al-though a match between Kenya and Zimbabwe in Patna is hardly a fixture expected to inflame many passions. But the trouble was soon quelled by some of the 3,000 police and sol-diers on duty at the ground.

It was a good day all round for the Strang family with Paul's younger brother Bryan taking two wickets with his me-dium pacers. "I was lucky today,"

Paul Strang said. "I bowled some loose stuff early on and I could have gone all over the park. And then when they did try to play some big shots they got out."

His figures of five for 21 were a career best for the 25-year-old spinner. "I love the wickets here. It turns and bounces a lot more on the pitches here," he said.

Kenya's Deepak Chudasama and Kennedy Otieno took the score to 60 for one in the 22nd over before the latter was bowled by off-spinner Ste-ven Peall for 19 to start the collapse.

Steve Tikolo was brilliantly stumped by Andy Flower off Bryan Strang for a duck and then Chudasama was run out after making a highly responsible 34 from 66 deliveries.

Kenya Skipper Maurice Odumbe and his brother Edward Odumbe added 42 for the sixth wicket but then Paul Strang took charge, claiming three wickets in four balls, the first that of Edward Odumbe for 20.

Martin Suji swung the bat to some effect, scoring 15 in helping his captain add 26 much needed runs before Odumbe was caught at mid-wicket for 30 and Suji was caught on the boundary off the next ball.

Defending such a small total, Kenya hardly helped their own cause when opening bowlers Martin Suji and Rajab Ali sprayed the ball around and gave away six wides in the first four overs.

Openers Andy Waller and Grant Flower also wasted no time and posted their half-century partnership with a run rate of almost five an over.

Andy Waller was the more aggressive, scoring 30 off 32 deliveries including 3-fours before mistiming a hook at mid-off from the bowling of Maurice Odumbe.

New batsman Alistair Campbell went in exactly the same fashion for six and the two successes seemed to spark new enthusiasm in the Kenyans.

Grant Flower was beginning to display some fine strokes after a quiet start but after reaching a well played 45 off consuming 115-balls including four boundaries was bowled by Martin Suji. The same bowler then quickly accounted for Guy Whittall and Andy Flower and at 113 for five.

Zimbabwe were suddenly less confident of victory. "We just didn't have enough runs to play with," said Kenya manager Jasmer Singh.