Vettori - Everything seams good

Black Caps skipper impressed with demolition job on Kenya

Last Updated: 20/02/11 5:27pm

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New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori praised his seam bowlers after they set-up a crushing victory over Kenya in their World Cup opener.

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"There are some big games coming up but it was great to start the tournament like that."
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Hamish Bennett led the way with 4-15 and there were three wickets apiece for Tim Southee (3-13) and Jacob Oram (3-2) as Kenya, who chose to bat first, were bundled out for 69.

New Zealand openers Martin Guptill (39no) and Brendon McCullum (26no) knocked off the target in eight overs to complete a 10-wicket win in Chennai.

"Losing the toss meant we didn't do what we wanted but the wicket had a little bit of variable bounce in it and our seamers exploited that and bowled exceptionally well," said Vettori.

"That is the key over here (bowl full and straight), if you give any players of note some width they will hurt you - that has been the message the whole time.

"We are fortunate that we stepped up and did it.

"There are some big games coming up but it was great to start the tournament like that."

New Zealand were without first-choice seamer Kyle Mills due to a sore back and his absence meant off-spinner Nathan McCullum was handed the new ball alongside Southee.

"Kyle Mills going down made that inevitable but, with him coming back into the squad, there may be some changes there," explained Vettori.

"Nathan's done a great job any time he has taken the new ball and it gives us flexibility - and that's a great thing in a World Cup."

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Kenya skipper Jimmy Kamande credited New Zealand's bowlers but is optimistic his team can bounce back in their next game - against Pakistan in Hambantota on Wednesday.

"It was not all about the wicket, it was also to do with the areas the New Zealand bowlers hit," he said. "That is where their experience came in.

"Maybe they are used to conditions having played a game here before. I thought they bowled really well.

"We are going to be positive in whatever we do. New Zealand came at us very hard but good thing is that the World Cup is not a one-match series. We have a few games coming up.

"We are disappointed we didn't at least compete and put a decent score on the board (but) the next game is what matters for us now."

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