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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Waugh Twins Set Record, Australia Tops Kenya

VISAKHAPATNAM, India -- A record World Cup partnership for any wicket between twins Mark and Steve Waugh hauled Australia out of early trouble in its opening World Cup Group A encounter against Kenya on Friday.

Australia won by 97 runs, 304 to 207, with both sides taking seven wickets.

The Waughs restored normal service after the Kenyans had removed Mark Taylor and Ricky Ponting inside the first eight overs, sharing a stand of 207 for the third wicket.

They beat the previous highest Cup record of 195 set by Gordon Greenidge and Larry Gomes for West Indies against Zimbabwe at Worcester, England, in 1983.

The news was not all good for Australia, however. Queensland fast bowler Craig McDermott, 30, is doubtful for Australia's remaining group matches after tearing a calf muscle during his opening spell.

McDermott passed a fitness test on the same right calf before the match, but was able to bowl just three overs before retiring to the pavilion.

Mark Waugh in particular made the Kenyan bowlers pay for their early impertinence following Maurice Odumbe's decision to field first, hitting a superb 130 in as many balls, with a six and 13 fours, as Australia sped to 304 for seven in their 50 overs.

The Waugh exhibition was all in stark contrast to Australia's initial uncertainty, which saw Taylor mis-time a drive against Martin Suji to be caught in the covers for six and Ponting perish for the same score, flashing unwisely at seamer Rajab Ali and getting an edge to wicketkeeper Kennedy Otieno.

Excellent innings from Odumbe and Otieno during a stand of 102 in 18 overs reaffirmed Kenya's status as the most dangerous of the non-test playing nations.