October 8, 2010

ODI Cricket: Kenya vs Afghanistan

Yesterday, Afghanistan and Kenya played a One-Day International cricket match at Nairobi Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi, Kenya. Toss went into the favor of the Kenya team and they chose to bat first.

Seren Waters and David Obuya started the batting innings for the Kenya team. They both gave an very slow but an steady start and put up an partnership of 55 runs from 16.2 overs. After the fall of the first wicket who was David Obuya, Seren Waters also followed him and returned back to the pavilion. After the loss of 2 wickets, There came another partnership of 77 runs which helped the team to look in good position. After the fall of the 3rd wicket, 5 wickets fell in just 6 runs. By 38.1 overs, Kenya was 145/8. A partnership of 35 runs between Jimmy Kamande and James Otieno helped the team to put up some decent total. By, 46.2 overs, Kenya lost all its 10 wickets and ended up scoring 180 runs in total. Steve Tikolo was the top scorer for the Kenya team who scored 57 runs from 65 deliveries that included 5 fours and a six. Mirwais Ashraf and Hamid Hassan took 4 wickets each.

Afghanistan needed 181 runs to win the match from 50 overs. Karim Sadiq and Noor Ali opened the batting innings for the team. Even they gave an pretty slow start and looked better than Kenya's batting performance at the start. They both shared an partnership of 32 runs. When the first wicket fell, things did not go well to the Afghans as they started to loose wickets regularly that too in quick intervals. But the non-strike opener Noor Ali stayed till the 9th wicket but could not get an very good companion in this particular match and departed scoring 41 runs facing 72 deliveries that included only 4 fours. By 27.5 overs, Afghanistan lost all its 10 wickets and ended up scoring only 88 runs. Nehemiah Odhiambo took 3 wickets but the most economical bowler was James Otieno whose economy rate was just 1.6 runs per over and he also took 2 wickets.

Kenya won the match by 92 runs. Man of the match award went to Steve Tikolo for his magnificent performance shown with bat an ball. He made a magnificent 57 runs and also took a wicket.

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