The Star (Nairobi)

5 October 2012

Kenya/Namibia: Kenyans Draw First Blood in Series Against Namibia

Nelson Mandela and Tanmay Mishra put on a brilliant performance to guide Kenya to a six-wicket win over Namibia to give Kenya a 1-0 series lead of the two World Cricket Championship matches at Wanderers Cricket Grounds in Windhoek, yesterday.

Mandela picked 3 for 31 to help Kenya bowl out the home team for 129 in 43.1 overs while Mishra scored an unbeaten 34 as Kenya won the match with 115 balls to spare.

The 25-year-old right-hander took the attack to the Namibian bowlers during his 49-ball innings, hitting six boundaries to help his team successfully chase a challenging total and thus revive Kenya's chances of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup.

Namibia were in trouble as early as the eighth over at 15 for 3 with Nehemiah Odhiambo having got both the openers and Collins Obuya having enacted a run out.

Craig Williams (11) and Ian Opperman (17) added 20 for the fourth wicket before Mandela struck by trapping Williams lbw. Opperman added 20 more with Gerrie Snyman to move their team scores to 55 before Mandela had dangerman Snyman caught by Obuya for 15 off 16 balls.

Kenya's batting, which was not impressive in the four day match, showed a remarkable improvement as Duncan Allan (15) and Alex Obanda (18) raced to 35 by the sixth over to set their team on course.

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