The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Back in the Race

Kenya complete dominanr wins over Tanzania and Nigeria at World Cup qialifiers Kenya completed dominant wins over Nigeria and Tanzania to put their ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers campaign back on track. Kenya beat Nigeria by 88 runs before beating Tanzania by 86 runs.

Kenya captain Collins Obuya elected to bat first against Nigeria and his team didn't disappoint him putting on 171 for 5 before restricting the West Africans to 83 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs.

The wicket was dry and there wasn't much assistance for the bowlers on it. However, the ball started to grip from the surface as the game progressed with Maurice Ouma making an unbeaten 93.

Openers Alex Obanda and Rakep Patel started Kenya's inning on a sour note making only nine before Patel was run out on 4. Obanda lost his wicket immediately on one to leave Kenya on 12 for 2 but it took Obuya and Ouma to build the inning and give Kenya the total.

The pair batted sensibly against what looked like a weak bowling side and put together 129 runs for the third wicket, before the captain was caught with ten balls to play off Sesan Adedeji.

Obuya's knock had come from 46 balls which included three boundaries and a six.The veteran batsman Ouma got out after scoring 93 runs off 59 balls. He struck five sixes and four fours in his marvelous knock.

He was caught by Adedeji off Chimezie Onwuzulike with three balls to play.In reply, the hosts lost both their openers for ducks each to Lucas Oluoch who finished with 3 for 8 in 4 overs.

However, Endurance Ofem and Olajide Bejide staged a fight back for their team with a 43-run partnership for the third wicket. They scored 19 and 27 runs each before getting out.

The lower middle-order, however, failed to make an impression, and the Nigerians could only manage 83 runs for the loss of seven wickets.

Against Tanzania, Rakep Patel and Ifran Karim put on 66 for the second wicket as Kenya won.Obuya destroyed the Tanzanian attack coming with a quickfire 27 from only 13 balls. Irfan Karim, who was promoted up the order to number three, made 37 off 29 balls. Tanmay Mishra (27) Rageb Aga (26) and Rakep Patel (25) were the other batsmen who provided a good platform for the bowlers.

Nehemiah Odhiambo and Aga picked two wickets each as Tanzania failed to get anything worth writing about in the inning of 96 for 8.It was only Nasibu Mapunda who looked up with a 31 off 37 balls before he fell to Aga.

Aga also got the wicket of Abdalla for a duck.Odhiambo put the opponents to a poor start with two wickets that left them at 2.2 in the first over.

Lucas Oluoch and Hiren Varaiya put them in more trouble with two wickets to leave them on 8 for 4 in two overs.

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