New Zealand, Pak start with crushing wins

Durban, September 12

Mark Gillespie returned the best ever figures in Twenty20 cricket as New Zealand demolished Kenya by nine wickets in the ICC Twenty20 World Championships here on Wednesday.

Gillespie picked up 4-7 in 2.5 overs to send Kenya crashing for 73 all out, the lowest T20 international total, which the Kiwis surpassed in the eighth over.

Put in to bat first, Kenya lost the first three wickets without a run on the board, slipped to 4-1 before Collins Obuya (18) and Thomas Odoyo (18) put on 36 for the fifth wicket.

Fast bowler Shane Bond struck with the first ball of the match when he bowled Maurice Ouma and then dismissed Tanmay Mishra off his fifth ball. Gillespie removed David Obuya and captain Steve Tikolo in his first over and returned to polish off the tail to beat England captain Paul Collingwood’s previous best figures of 4-22. Bond, Vettori and Chris Martin took two wickets each as Kenya were shot out in 16.5 overs, falling below Australia’s 79 against England in 2005.

New Zealand lost Lou Vincent for 27, but Brendon McCullum (16) and Fulton (21) saw the Kiwis home. Kenya next play Sri Lanka on Friday, and New Zealand meet the Sri Lankans on Saturday.

Pak vs Scotland

DURBAN: Shahid Afridi smashed 22 off seven balls and then grabbed 4-19 as Pakistan crushed Scotland by 51 runs on Wednesday.

Afridi ensured his team faced no hiccups after Craig Wright had taken three wickets to restrict Pakistan to 171-9. Scotland were shot out for 120 in reply with opener Fraser Watts (46) the only one to offer resistence.

Umar Gul chipped in with 4-25, including two wickets off successive balls towards the end . Scotland rattled Pakistan with wickets at regular intervals. John Blain, Dewald Nel and Majid Haq took two wickets apiece, but Pakistan were boosted by Younis Khan’s 41 off 29 balls.

Misbah-ul Haq (23) and Kamran Akmal (16) put on 30 off 17 balls to boost the total. Scotland next play India on Thursday.