It took just the first eleven deliveries of the match at Kingsmead to know that Kenya had no chance to compete against New Zealand in the first of the Group C matches. A shocking score line of 1 for 4 in 1.5 overs in a Twenty20 Match which meant that there was no way that the African side could recover. The entire match lasted just 24.3 overs with NZ knocking off a low target of 74 in a little over 30 minutes losing one wicket.
The wicket at Durban was slightly damp, the look of it was on the darker side which prompted Daniel Vettori to put the Kenyans to bat first. The second ball of the game started the downfall with Shane Bond cleaning up the defences of Maurice Ouma. Bond picked up another wicket in the first over but more damage was to follow from Mark Gillespie. If Bond was getting the ball to swing in the air at pace, Gillespie was getting it to seam a long way in both directions with lot of zip from the pitch. Gillespie too picked up two wickets in his first over and Kenya were 1 for 4 in the second over. It was a relief for Kenya that Gillespie was given only a two-over spell. Kenya just managed to get to 73 before getting bowled out in 16.5 minutes. Collins Obuya was the joint top scorer along with Thomas Odoyo with 18 runs each. Gillespie had returned back for his last spell in which he bowled just the five deliveries to take the remaining two Kenyan wickets. A deadly figures of 2.5-0-7-4 was enough to get him the Man of the Match award. Earlier Shane Bond finished with 4-1-12-2. Chris Martin and Daniel Vettori took a couple of wickets each hardly giving any runs in their four overs.
Lou Vincent was the only casualty in the Kiwis chase which lasted 7.4 overs. Vincent got cracking though with 27 from 20 with 4 fours and a six. Brendon McCullum, the other opener got an unbeaten 16 from 13 while Peter Fulton got 21 from 14 which included two sixes.