Canada beat Kenya in Associates clash

Delhi, India – Canada overcame some early jitters with the bat to eventually win the battle of the Associates by beating Kenya by five wickets and register their first win in the ICC World Cup 2011 on Monday at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Right-hander Jimmy Hansra (70) and captain Ashish Bagai (64 not out) stitched together a 132-run partnership for the fourth wicket that sealed the Group A match for the Canadians.

Hansra was dropped at mid-on from a simple tap before he score and made the Kenyans pay. Together with his skipper, he consolidated after the Canadians were reduced to 48-3. They batted intelligently thereafter to wrest the control back in their hands, helped in part by some poor fielding by Kenya.

Fast bowler Henry Osinde, who was born in Uganda, took a career-best four-wicket haul (4-26 off 10 overs) to win the Player-of-the-Match award. Kenya were made to work hard for their 198 after they opted to bat first on winning the toss. Seamers Harvir Baidwan and Rizwan Cheema were also good with two wickets each.