Ansari rips Kenya Select batting order

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
May 15, 2017
  • Kenya Xi Nelson Odhiambo avoids a run out against Malaysia. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Munis Ansari completed a six-wicket haul to spearhead Oman to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Kenya Select at Sikh Union Nairobi ground on Monday.

In their second match of their tour of Kenya, the Omani paceman bamboozled the Kenya Select batting order to finishing with 6 for 24.

In other match, Kenya XI who had beaten Oman by three wickets on Sunday registered their second with a 111 runs win over Malaysia.

Ansari’s victims were Karan Kaul, Alex Obanda, Nicholas Oluoch, Emmanuel Bundi and Adarsh Parmar and Ankit Patel as Kenya were all out for 184 in 42 overs.

In reply, Shawar Ali’s put on a steady knock to cement the victory as he punished the bowlers with periodic boundaries.

Harsh Patel who was a last minute call up to the squad top scored with 50 runs.

Nicholas Oluoch, Alex Obanda and Dominic Wesonga added on 40, 37 and 40 respectively.

Ali scored 71 off 64 balls in his 21 overs stay on the crease which included a second wicket stand of 71 with Ajay Lacheta (33) and third wicket stand of 59 with Sultan Ahmed (37).

Oman lost their first wicket in the third over when Eugene Ochieng bowled Arun Poulose.

The visitors then got a useful stand in a second wicket partnership between Ali and Lacheta that got their scores to 99 after 15 overs.

The two smashed away boundaries regularly to steady their inning.

Even after Lacheta was caught off Pushpak Kerai, Oman had built a good platform for the victory as Ali and Ahmed razed towards the finishing line in a seven overs stand that got them to 148 runs.

Winning runs

Patel’s dismissal didn’t do much in stopping Oman from winning as Nadeem Mohammed and Ahmed had little work in getting the winning runs.

Ahmed remained unbeaten on 37 from 40 balls with Mohammed scoring 20 not out.

Kenya Select posted a total of 184 after reeling from Ansari’s six wickets hauls at their core batting line-up. Ansari picked up wickets at regular intervals to stagnate the Kenyan batting.

Any time the Kenyans looked set to steady their innings, the opening bowler came into the attack hitting Kenya hard with his breakthroughs.

After Ansari had given them the breakthrough in the first over with a first ball duck of skipper Karan Kaul, Obanda steadied the innings and built a somewhat stable partnership of 70 runs with Patel, before Ansari came to attack to dismiss Obanda.

Zahid Abbas too fell immediately on a duck before Patel received a stand from Wesonga. After Patel fell with the board on 103, Wesonga and Oluoch got the scores to 169.

With the dismissal of Wesonga in the 37th over, Kenya Select struggled to continue with the momentum thanks to Ansari’s havoc on Kenya’s batting.

At Nairobi Jaffery’s Collins Obuya top scored for the second time in a row as Kenya beat Malaysia by 111 runs. Obuya’s 59 and Gurdeep Singh’s 54 was key in leading Kenya to 287 runs.

In reply, the visitors blew away their good start of 109 for 2 to end up on 176 in 39.4 overs.

Results

Kenya Select (184 all out) lost Oman (186 for 3) by seven wickets.

Kenya XI (287 all out) beat Malaysia (176 all out) by 111 runs