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Tikolo stars in Kenya's 7-wicket win over Canada

Steve Tikolo struck an unbeaten 72 and took two wickets in the opening Group C match of the World Cup.
AP | By HT Correspondent, Gross Islet, St Lucia
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2007 03:23 AM IST

Steve Tikolo struck an unbeaten 72 and took two wickets to guide Kenya to a seven-wicket win over Canada in the opening Group C match of the World Cup on Wednesday. Tikolo top-scored in the match, with opener Maurice Ouma contributing 58 runs as Kenya replied to Canada's 199 all out with 40 balls to spare.

Canada was let down by 28 extras, included 18 wides. Tikolo's decision to field first looked an unwise decision at first, as Canada opener Geoff Barnett had a free-scoring start. But the introduction of spinners halfway through the innings reigned in Canada.

Barnett made 41 off 50 balls with nine boundaries _ including five in one over _ the 14th _ from Nehemiah Odhiambo. Canada got 20 runs off that over, but Barnett was out two balls later, lofting a catch to Tanmay Mishra at deep midwicket as he went for another boundary.

The introduction of spinners Hiren Varaiya and Jimmy Kamande slowed Canada's scoring and it never really regained momentum after Barnett's departure. Varaiya returned 1-19, including three maidens and Kamande took 2-25. Tikolo took the wickets of Ian Billcliff, caught and bowled, and Ashif Mulla.

Anderson Cummins became the second man to represent two different countries at the World Cup when he came in to bat at No.10, but he only made one run before he was run out.

The 40-year-old bowler played for West Indies in the 1992 tournament and made his limited-overs return for Canada in January. Former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels was the first dual national at the World Cup _ he played for Australia in 1983 and South Africa in 1992.

Cummins' last wicket in a major one-day competition was in October 1995, when he took 2-50 against India in the West Indies' 50-run loss to Sri Lanka in the final of the Champions Trophy. Twelve years later, in the sixth over on Wednesday _ he had David Obuya out edging to wicketkeeper Ashish Bagai for four. He returned 1-32 but was wayward at time, conceding six wides. Maurice Ouma and Ravi Shah kept the runs ticking along for Kenya, keeping above the required run rate during the powerplay overs. Shah fell for five after being trapped lbw by Umar Bhatti. Ouma reached his 50 off 71 balls, which included six boundaries and a six.

John Davison introduced his offbreak bowling and, in the 21st over, joined up with slow bowler Sunil Dhanirham. The former Guyana player opened with a maiden and made a breakthrough the following over, removing Ouma for 58 after was caught in mid-on by Mulla.

But Ouma's dismissal didn't slow Kenya down, as Tikolo settled in, hitting seven boundaries and one six and combining with Mishra to add 67 runs. Mishra finished not out 35.

Mishra scored the winning runs, thumping a four through the covers off Henry Osinde.

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