'Casual' Kenya lose to Uganda

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 18, 2017
  • Collins Obuya and Dhiren Gondaria both scored half a century. (Photo Courtesy)

Chasing 200 runs, Kenya appeared to be strolling to their first win of the Uganda tour at 137 for 4 half way through the inning until another batting collapse came to haunt them.

A change in the bowling that included the day’s wicket keeper Roger Mukasa take on the ball on one end and a couple of poor shot selection from the Kenyan side saw Uganda snatch a 27 runs win to hand Kenya their second loss.

Dhiren Gondaria (55) and Collins Obuya (50) had partnered for 13 overs to get the scores to 114 after 18.1 overs.

After Gondaria was dismissed after scoring a century, Obuya hanged on for seven overs with Shem Obado to reach 137 for 4 after 25.1 overs.

At this stage, the home fans had little hope of their boys salvaging the match because Kenya still had a long batting line up.

A few balls after reaching his century Obuya was caught in the deep- a dismissal that opened the gates of a major collapse which Uganda capitalized on to put the five match series 2-0 up in their favor.

Kenya went on to lose their remaining six wickets for 35 runs thanks to a spirited bowling performance by skipper Davis Karashani (3 for 27) and wicket keeper cum bowler Roger Mukasa (2 for 3).

Karashani began the collapse by getting his second wicket three balls after having Obuya caught when he had Obado caught behind for a duck in the 26th over.

Suicidal call for a single

Alex Obanda and Irfan Karim who had been dropped down the order shared a sixth wicket stand of 18 runs in five overs before a suicidal call for a single from Karim saw the stand being broken when Obanda was caught shot of his line.

With victory slightly in their sight with 18 overs to go, the home team opted for a spinner and with Francis Nsubuga having finished his spell, Mukasa was forced to leave his gloves and take the ball.

The decision paid immediately as Kenya lost three wickets for no run. Mukasa trapped Nelson Odhiambo with his first ball of his second over to leave Kenya on 166 for 7 after 34.1 overs.

He picked his second two balls later when he had Lucas Oluoch caught for a duck.

From 166 for 6, Kenya were 166 for 9 when Karim was trapped lbw by Karashani on a slow 50 balls 20.

The match was done and dusted in the 38th over when Irfan Muhammed bowled Elijah Otieno with the board on 172.

After the home team had once again put on a good show with the bat to end on 199 for 7 in 45 overs, Kenya began the inning on a sour note when they were reduced to 30 for 2 before Obuya and Gondaria got Kenya’s chase back on track with a 84 runs stand.

“This was not a match that we deserved to win. We were in a good situation to win but we didn't take the situation well. We needed to hang on a finish the overs, that what we needed to do but we didn't,” Obuya said.

Stick to the basics in batting

Obuya went on to ask his teammates to stick to the basics in batting if they are to salvage something from the tour with two matches to go.

Earlier, Uganda batsmen had once again put on major contribution to guide their sides to the final total.

Openers Hamu Kayondo (31) and Arthur Kyobe (31) gave their team an opening stand of 51 runs in 11.3 overs.

Even the quick dismissal of Karashani (1) and Mukasa (3) to put their side on 59 for 3 after 16 overs didn’t hamper their spirits as they waited for the bad balls from the Kenyan bowlers to surge on.

Isaneez Emmanuel (31) who was playing his first match of the series and Deuz Muhumuza (29) put on 64 for the sixth wicket to get them to 160 after 38 overs.

Jonathan Ssebanja and Nsubuga remained unbeaten with 17 and 16 respectively as the home team made a huge recovery.