Champs made to work hard by Kenya

Banguluru, India – Australia claimed their place in the quarter-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup with a hard-working 60-run win over Kenya, on Sunday.

Collins Obuya in particular had a day to remember, finishing unbeaten just two short of a century for Kenya, who restored pride with a defiant performance despite losing by 60 runs. Obuya, who started his career as a leg-spinner, has converted to a top-order batsman and won the Man-of-the-Match award for his determined 98 not out.

After four straight losses, Kenya had clearly decided not to go down without a fight and Tanmay Mishra (72) along with a career-best batting effort from the tall Obuya, who hit the ball to all part of the ground. They added a brilliant stand of 115 for the fourth wicket.

Earlier, opener Brad Haddin had made 65 but Australia found themselves under pressure at one stage at 143-4 but were revived by a well-paced parrtnership between Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey, who was playing his first match of the tournament.

Clarke made 93 off 80 balls and the left-handed Hussey started with 54 as the three-time defending champs made 324-6 off their 50 overs. In the second half of the match Kenya defied the Australian fast bowling unit to score a respectable 264-6, but were never quite up to the demanding asking rate.

The win, however, stretched the four-time winners' unbeaten run in the World Cup to 33 matches.