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World Cup Cricket: Kenya Upsets Sri Lanka - 2003-02-25

Kenya has pulled off the biggest shock so far at cricket's World Cup, scoring a 53-run victory in Nairobi over 1996 champion and Group B leader Sri Lanka.

Host Kenya batted first Monday and was held to 210-for-nine from its 50 overs. Muttiah Muralitharan took four wickets for 28 and Chaminda Vaas chipped in with three-for-41 to become the tournament's highest wicket-taker.

The Kenyans then bowled Sri Lanka out for 157 with legspinner Collins Obuya taking five-for-24, a national record in a one-day game. The win sparked scenes of wild jubilation both on and off the field, and lifted Kenya to 12 points in the group. A victory over Bangladesh in Johannesburg Saturday will give Kenya a great chance of reaching the second round for the first time. Meanwhile in Bulawayo, defending champion Australia became the first team to qualify for the Super-Six round after easing to a seven wicket victory over Zimbabwe on Monday.

Zimbabwe scored 246-for-nine, the highest to be achieved against Australia so far in the tournament. But Australia passed the victory target with seven wickets and 15 balls to spare.