Today In History: Kenya Beat West Indies In The 1996 Cricket World Cup

Making their debut in the world tournament in 1996, Kenya went on to produce one of the greatest upsets in world cricket as they went on to beat West Indies by 73 runs in Pune.

The likes of Richie Richardson, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh were all there in the line-up for Windies but still they ended up to be on the losing side.

Kenya Beat West Indies

Batting first, West Indies managed to restrict Kenya to a sub-par score of 166 all-out. Walsh and Roger Harper starred for the Windies with the bowl as they scalped three wickets each. Ambrose also chipped in with two wickets.

What looked like a straightforward win for the Caribbean side, the Kenya bowlers changed the complexion of the match with a stunning performance with the ball. Rajab Ali and Maurice Odumbe were chief architects of the West Indian capitulation as they were dismissed for a paltry 93.

As they claimed the final West Indian wicket, Kenya’s joy knew no bounds, and the crowd at Pune appeared to be equally ecstatic, for they knew they’d witnessed a historic game.

Kenya Beat West Indies

Ali and Odumbe scalped three wickets each for Kenya as not a single West Indian batsman could cross the 20-run mark in the innings.

This was the first instance when West Indies had lost to an ICC Associate nation in an official ODI.

(H/T IndiaTimes)


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