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Zimbabwe won by 109 runs.

Kenya vs Zimbabwe

Kenya mauled in Mombasa

Chigumbura inspires tourists to emphatic win

Chigumbura: Career-best 79

An inspired all-round display from Elton Chigumbura helped Zimbabwe to a comprehensive 109-run win over Kenya in the first one-day international in Mombasa.

Chigumbura blasted 79 from just 38 deliveries to propel Zimbabwe up to an imposing 306-7, then took two wickets to reduce Kenya to 197 all out.

The 22-year-old smashed seven sixes to record his highest ODI score as the tourists struck first in the five-match series.

After winning the toss, Zimbabwe openers Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza expertly laid the foundation for Chigumbura's late fireworks with an opening stand of 111 from 21.1 overs.

Sibanda made a patient 77 and Masakadza, who found boundaries easier to come by, blazed a quick-fire 71 as Kenya's bowling attack toiled.

A target of 307 always looked beyond the hosts, and when Chigumbura followed up his batting heroics with two early wickets the hosts' fate was all but sealed.

Jimmy Kamande struck a career-best 74, but his efforts were in vain as Zimbabwe romped to a 1-0 lead with Ed Rainsford the pick of their bowlers with figures of 2-19 off six overs.

The second of the five-match series takes place in Mombasa on Thursday.

Match Details

Date
27th - 23rd Jan 2009
Toss
Venue
Mombasa

kenya BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Ouma b Chigumbura 3
Waters b Price 32
Waters b Price 32
Obanda c Utseya b Chigumbura 6
Tikolo c Mutziwa b Cremer 37
Obuya st Mutziwa b Cremer 0
Kamande b Rainsford 74
Odoyo c Price b Utseya 0
Varaiya c Utseya b Dabengwa 34
Odhiambo b Rainsford 2
Onyango not out 2
Ongondo b Price 0
Extras 1nb, 4w, 2lb 7
Total All out, 46.2 Overs 197
Full Batting Card

zimbabwe BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Rainsford 6 0 19 2
Chigumbura 5 0 23 2
Price 8.2 1 40 2
Masakadza 2 0 10 0
Cremer 7 1 28 2
Utseya 10 0 34 1
Dabengwa 8 0 41 1
Full Bowling Card