New Zealand thrash hapless Kenya
New Zealand blew away minnows Kenya for a record low total at Kingsmead to begin their World Twenty20 campaign with a crushing nine-wicket win.
The Kenyans, whose previous apppearance in Durban was for the 2003 World Cup semi-final, never recovered from a whirlwind start and were eventually dismissed for a paltry 73.
Any chances of an early tournament shock were dispelled inside the first two overs as Kenya were reduced to one for four.
Fast bowlers Shane Bond and Mark Gillespie caused mayhem by moving the ball in the air and off the surface at pace, after New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori won the toss.
Each of the first four Kenyan batsmen fell for ducks and runs did not overtake wickets until deep into the fourth over.
Although Collins Obuya (18) and Thomas Odoyo (18) added some respectability with a stand of 36, the gulf in class saw Kenya shot out inside 17 overs.
Gillespie finished returned to clean up the tail and finished with four for seven, the best figures in the short lifespan of international 20-over matches.
The Black Caps cantered home inside eight overs with Lou Vincent, Brendon McCullum and Peter Fulton all hitting sixes to emphasise the difference in power between the sides.
It was a fine start to Vettori's career as full New Zealand captain, having taken over the Test leadership earlier in the day from Stephen Fleming.