October 10, 2010

2nd ODI match: Kenya vs Afghanistan

Yesterday, Kenya and Afghanistan played their second ODI cricket match at Nairobi Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi. In the very first match of the series, Kenya won the match and are leading the series by 1-0. As in the first match, again Kenya won the toss and they selected to bat first.

Again a slow and poor start was given by the Kenyan openers Seren Waters and David Obuya. First wicket fell when they reached only 14 runs in total. For the second wicket, there was an 31 runs partnership and were on good track. Once the second wicket fell, their run rate dropped lower and lower and they started to loose wickets in regular intervals. By 41 overs, they lost all the 10 wickets and ended up putting up a total score of 139 runs (139/10). Samiullah Shinwari took 3 wickets with an economy rate og just 2.9 runs per over.

Afghanistan needed 140 runs to win the match in 50 overs. This total is a gettable one, but in the last match Afghanistan made only 88 runs in total. So based on the previous result, the match was unpredictable. Noor Ali and Karim Sadiq opened the batting innings for the Afghan team. Noor Ali returned to the pavilion because he got injured while batting. Mohammad Shahzad came in to bat and stayed for some time and also some runs to the total. When Afghanistan lost 3 wickets, Asghar Salamkhail  came in to bat where stood till the end of the innings and played well to reach the target successfully. He remained unbeaten scoring 55 runs from 62 deliveries that included 6 fours and 3 sixes. By 27 overs, Afghanistan team managed to score a total of 143 runs with the loss of 4 wickets (143/4). Afghanistan won the match by 6 wickets.

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