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England restrict Kenya to 177
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March 25, 2007 00:50 IST

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Andrew Flintoff grabbed two wickets on his return as  England restricted Kenya to 177 all out in a rain-affected World Cup Group C decider on Saturday.

Captain Steve Tikolo struck 76 before being yorked by Flintoff, back after being dropped from the Canada win because of a drinking scandal.

The match, where the winners qualify for the Super Eights and the losers go home, started two hours late and was reduced to 43 overs-a-side because of overnight rain.

Tikolo sprung a surprise by electing to bat and the decision looked to have backfired when a James Anderson delivery kept low to bowl opener Ravi Shah for four in the fifth over.

Clever field placings from England then contributed to the downfalls of Maurice Ouma and Tony Suji, who came into the side for opener David Obuya.

Another low delivery from Paul Collingwood undid Tanmay Mishra, who chopped a cut on to the stumps for a duck with the score on 74 for four.

A mix-up with Tikolo led to Collins Obuya being run out for 10 before all-rounder Flintoff trapped Thomas Odoyo lbw. 

Flintoff nearly had two more wickets with another excellent lbw shout and Tikolo being badly dropped by Ed Joyce at mid-on before Jimmy Kamande was bowled by Collingwood's slower ball.

Two late run outs wrapped up the innings.

Despite the breakthroughs, England's bowling was again patchy and included eight no balls as they gave away 22 extras. Fast bowler Sajid Mahmood, included in place of Liam Plunkett, consistently threw in some ineffective slower deliveries.

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