With the momentum in the group now frimly refained, Kenya went into this match against a Bermuda team with only one win in the tournament expected to make short work of their opponents and confirm their place in the Super 8 with a match to spare. Elijah Otieno made his tournament debut in place of Nehemian Odhiambo, who pulled out injured bowling against Afghanistan, whilst the rest of the team remained largely unchanged.
Bermuda, having been sent in after losing the toss, set about trying to build a total in the old fashioned way i.e slow and steady, taking 30 overs to get to 100, but they till had 9 wickets in hand (Varaiya doing the damage removing Ian? Crockwell for a 89 ball 45). bermuda then finally decided to attack with a succession of batsmen scoring rapid 30s before getting out. All the while their other opener, David Hemp, a player of over 15 years experience held the fort compiling a 102 from 152 balls that would not have looked out of place in a test match as Bermuda reached 259/5 off their alloted overs.
As it were ODI cricket is not Test cricket and Kenya’s opebers (Maurice Ouma in particular) set about Bermuda’s pace bowlers with all out aggression putting on the first 50 runs off just under 7 overs and forcing the Bermuda captain to bring on his spinners early to stem the tide. The run rate slowed but only slightly as Kenya’s opening partnership eventually putting on 97 before Ouma was out (57 off 60). Obanda fell soon afterwards going after one too many sixes. With the veterans Tikolo and Otieno at the crease however, the Kenya chase was not hampereed as they put on a further 56 runs at 6 runs an over for the 3rd wicket. When Otieno was finally adjudged to be lbw for 63 the game was virtually safe.
kenya’s third win in a row guarantees them qualification for the Super 8 stages and with their final match being against Denmark having little consequence given the Dane’s have lost all their matches so far, it might be the time to give some of the squad members a chance to see how they deal with the conditions. Rakep Patel and Rajesh Bhudia have yet to play a competive match (except as fielding substitutes) whilst Seren Waters could benefit from a second game.