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Zimbabwe won by 91 runs.

Zimbabwe vs Kenya

Masakadza leads Kenya rout

Zimbabwe off to a winning start against African neighbours

Masakadza: Career best

First One Day International
Harare
Zimbabwe 313-4 Innings Complete (H Masakadza 156) v Kenya 222
Zimbabwe beat Kenya by 91 runs

Opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza hammered a career-best 156 as Zimbabwe slammed their African neighbours Kenya by 91 runs in Harare.

Masakadza easily surpassed his previous best of 102 as he put on 121 in 25 overs with opening partner Mark Vermeulen.

The Kenyans lost too many early wickets to lay a foundation to attack the Zimbabwe total of 313 for four, veteran Steve Tikolo top scoring with 49.

After winning the toss the hosts were quickly into their stride - Kenya gaining their first breakthrough when Vermeulen fell to Nehemiah Odhiambo one short of a half-century.

Charles Coventry (27) and Elton Chigumbura (25) chipped in with useful runs to help the scoreboard along before Brendan Taylor added a quickfire 44 from just 27 balls to give the end of the innings a lift.

But the headlines belonged to Masakadze, who struck 11 fours and six maximums before being run out in the penultimate over, having added 97 in eight overs with Taylor.

Zimbabwe seamer Kyle Jarvis then made a successful debut when removing both opening batsman before returning to claim a third scalp.

But it was the spinners who restrained the Kenyans, with the 30 overs between Ray Price, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer costing 107 runs and bringing five wickets, as Kenya were bowled out for 222 in the final over.

The second one-day international takes place on Tuesday, also in Harare.

Match Details

Date
12th Oct 2009
Toss
Venue
Harare Sports Club
Umpires
K C Barbour and Nadir Shah

kenya BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Obuya lbw b Jarvis 16
Patel c Coventry b Jarvis 24
Obanda c Jarvis b Chigumbura 19
Tikolo c Taylor b Cremer 49
Ouma c Masakadza b Utseya 14
Obuya c Chigumbura b Utseya 9
Kamande c Vermeulen b Jarvis 9
Odhiambo b Utseya 27
Ongondo c Williams b Price 12
Onyango lbw b Vermeulen 15
Otieno not out 8
Extras 5nb, 9w, 1b, 5lb 20
Total All out, 49.5 Overs 222
Full Batting Card

zimbabwe BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Chigumbura 8 0 50 1
Jarvis 7 0 36 3
Price 10 0 40 1
Masakadza 1 0 7 0
Cremer 10 1 31 1
Utseya 10 0 36 3
Williams 2 1 4 0
Matsikenyeri 1 0 7 0
Vermeulen 0.5 0 5 1
Full Bowling Card