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Masakadza: Unbeaten 84 in Nairobi

Fifth One Day International
Nairobi
Kenya 199 (C O Obuya 75, A G Cremer 4-31) v Zimbabwe 203-3 (H Masakadza 84 no, S C Williams 63 no, S Matsikenyeri 50)
Zimbabwe beat Kenya by 7 wkts

Zimbabwe wrapped-up a whitewash series victory over Kenya with a comprehensive seven-wicket win in the fifth and final one-day international in Nairobi.

After electing to bat, Kenya managed a modest 199 from their 50-over allocation and their African opponents surpassed the total with seven wickets and 90 balls to spare.

Opener Hamilton Masakadza led from the front for Zimbabwe with an unbeaten 84, and half-centuries from Sean Williams and Stuart Matsikenyeri sealed a 5-0 series triumph for the tourists.

Collins Obuya's spirited 75 was one of few positives to take out of the match for the hosts as he inspired a brief fightback with the bat after Kenya had slumped to 92-6.

Things started well for the hosts, openers Kennedy Otieno (27) and Seren Waters (26) negotiated a tricky opening period to take Kenya to 45 without loss.

Abysmal start

However Masakadza, who is just as effective with ball than bat, paired up with spin partner Ray Price to turn the tide back in Zimbabwe's favour.

The duo took two wickets apiece to reduce Kenya to 66-4 and then 22-year-old leg-spinner Graeme Cremer, who finished with career-best figures of 4-31, removed captain Steve Tikolo to put Zimbabwe in complete control.

Obuya and Rajesh Bhudia rallied with a stubborn 75 partnership for the seventh-wicket only for a mix-up resulting in the latter being run out for a well-crafted 40.

Obuya's 75 came off 108 balls and included four sixes, however Cremer returned to the attack and struck three further times to dismiss Kenya one short of 200.

Zimbabwe started their run chase in abysmal fashion - opener Keith Dabengwa and number three Vusi Sibanda dismissed in the opening seven balls to leave Prosper Utseya's men reeling at 2-2.

However, that was as good as it got for Kenya, a fluent 93-run partnership between Masazadza and Matsikenyeri putting Zimbabwe back on track before Williams came in to seal the win.

Matsikenyeri struck six fours enroute to his 10th ODI half-century before he was caught by Rakep Patel off the bowling of Hiren Varaiya.

Masakadza's unbeaten 84 came at a run a ball and included nine fours and one six with Williams' innings of 63 not out also featuring nine fours.

Match Details

Date
4th Feb 2009
Toss
Venue
Nairobi, Gymkhana
Umpires
S R Modi and T H Wijewardene

zimbabwe BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Masakadza not out 84
Dabengwa c Ouma b Ongondo 0
Sibanda c Ouma b Onyango 1
Matsikenyeri c Patel b Varaiya 50
Williams not out 63
Extras 1nb, 4w 5
Total Close, 35.0 Overs 203 - 3
Full Batting Card

kenya BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Ongondo 7 0 44 1
Onyango 5 0 39 1
Bhudia 2 0 15 0
Tikolo 6 1 25 0
Varaiya 10 1 45 1
Obuya 2 0 21 0
Patel 3 0 14 0
Full Bowling Card