Zimbabwe maintained their record ODI total in another dominant batting display against Kenya in the second ODI in Mombasa on Thursday as they powered to 351 for 7.
Stuart Matsikenyeri provided the major contribution in the top order with a well-paced, career-best 89, but for the second game running it was Elton Chigumbura who provided the real fireworks with a 29-ball 68.
These two sides are next to each other at the bottom of the one-day rankings, but a vast gulf is emerging after Zimbabwe took a 2-0 series with a crushing 151-run victory in Mombasa.
It was the first time Zimbabwe had passed 300 in consecutive ODIs and they went beyond their previous best team effort of 340 for 2, set against Namibia in 2003.
Collins Obuya had the best bowling figures for Kenya, taking 2-57 off nine overs.
Kenya's innings started terribly, Seren Waters being bowled for 0 by Tawanda Mupariwa on the third ball to be 1-1. That became 2-8 three overs later when Alex Obanda was caught by Ray Price off Chigumbura for 2.
Kennedy Otieno put on 87 with Tikolo before he was out lbw to Price for 37. Tikolo was dismissed 13 runs later, and Kenya lost its following six wickets for just 92 runs.
Dabengwa took 2-21 and Graeme Cremer 2-40 to be the only bowlers to take more than one wicket. Zimbabwe won the first match by 109 runs Tuesday.
Chigumbura's late assault, where he found the boundary at will against an attack that had lost all confidence, made the difference between a handsome total and a record one.
Unsurprisingly, Kenya never got close in the chase and fell to 200 all out in the 46th over with Thomas Odoyo unable to bat with a thigh injury.
(Xinhua News Agency January 30, 2009)