New Zealand crush Kenya

New Zealand's Brendon McCullum hits a shot during their ICC Cricket World Cup Group A match against Kenya in Chennai February 20 2011. (REUTERS)

New Zealand crushed Kenya by 10 wickets in a grossly lop-sided Group A match for a perfect start to their World Cup campaign on Sunday.

New Zealand unleashed their pace trio of Time Southee (3-13), Hamish Bennett (4-16) and Jacob Oram (3-2) to bundle out rank outsiders Kenya for a meagre 69 in 23.5 overs and returned to overwhelm the target in eight overs.

There was not much room for batting practice chasing a 70-run victory target but openers Martin Guptill (39) and Brendon McCullum (26) helped them to some easy boundaries before completing the chase.

The comprehensive win will lift New Zealand's morale which had taken a beating after a poor build-up that included whitewash in Bangladesh and India, besides a home series defeat against Pakistan.

Complete scoreboard
Kenya:
A. Obanda lbw b Southee 6
S. Waters lbw b Bennett 16
C. Obuya lbw b Bennett 14
S. Tikolo b Bennett 2
M. Ouma lbw b Bennett 1
R. Patel not out 16
J. Kamande c B.McCullum b Oram 2
T. Odoyo c Ryder b Oram 2
N. Odhiambo b Southee 0
S. Ngoche lbw b Southee 0
E. Otieno c Styris b Oram 0
Extras (b4, lb3, w2, nb1) 10
Total (all out; 23.5 overs) 69
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Obanda), 2-40 (Waters), 3-42 (Tikolo), 4-44 (Obuya), 5-49 (Ouma), 6-59 (Kamande), 7-63 (Odoyo), 8-68 (Odhiambo), 9-68 (Ngoche), 10-69 (Otieno).
Bowling: Southee 6-0-13-3 (nb1), N. McCullum 4-0-15-0 (w1), Bennett 5-0-16-4 (w1), Vettori 6-1-16-0, Oram 2.5-1-2-3.

New Zealand:
M. Guptill not out 39
B. McCullum not out 26
Extras (b2, lb1, w3, nb1) 7
Total (for no loss; 8 overs) 72
Bowling: Odoyo 3-0-25-0 (w1), Otieno 2-0-18-0, Kamande 2-0-21-0 (w1), Odhiambo 1-0-5-0 (nb1, w1).
Result: New Zealand won by 10 wickets
Toss: Kenya
Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS) and Marais Erasmus (RSA)
TV Umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)

List of 10 worst World Cup totals

Canada 36 Sri Lanka Paarl 2003
Canada 45 England Manchester 1979
Namibia 45 Australia Potchefstroom 2003
Scotland 68 West Indies Leicester 1999
Kenya 69 New Zealand Chennai 2011
Pakistan 74 England Adelaide 1992
Ireland 77 Sri Lanka St George's 2007
Bermuda 78 Sri Lanka Port of Spain 2007
Namibia 84 Pakistan Kimberley 2003
Sri Lanka 86 West Indies Manchester 1975

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