Bhakita comes to Kenya's rescue against Namibia

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 14, 2017
  • Sarah Bhakita turned the innings around with match winning half century to lead Kenya to victory. (Photo Courtesy)

It is not how you start but how you finish in Twenty 20 cricket.

Kenya women team recovered from a dreadful start to post 117 for nine before registering an 18 runs win over hosts Namibia on Wednesday.

With Kenya in a dangerous spot of 35 for six after 10 overs and staring one of their biggest embarrassment in women cricket, Sarah Bhakita turned the innings around with match winning half century to lead Kenya to victory.

Bhahita’s 62 was what made the difference between a win and a loss for Kenya in the must win encounter against the home team.

With the win-the second in four matches, Kenya will play Uganda in the playoffs with the winner playing Zimbabwe in the final.

After losing the toss, Kenya began their inning on a sour note with quick wickets that reduced them to 35 for six in 10 overs before Bhakita got the match away from the home team with a match winning half century.

Her knock that came off 36 balls included 10 boundaries at a strike rate of 169.44 which saw Kenya post 117.

Coming on the crease with the board on 19 after the dismissal of Veronica Abuga (6), Quinter Aoko (7) and Margaret Banja (0), Bhakita knew that getting the board ticking from the offset and nothing else will salvage Kenya from a third successive loss.

And with Mary Wambui (4), Sylvia Kinyua (4) and Ruth Achando (2) also joining the long wicket list with the board on 35, Bhakita managed to get a brief stand of 23 from Esther Wangare (7) that got the scores to 58.

Bhakita lost Wangare in the 13th over

She was able to get at least a boundary in the remaining eight overs which accelerated the scores before she lost Wangare in the 13th over.

The partnership seemed to have laid out the foundation for Vanessa Adhiambo to continue on as she too gave Bhakita a much needed stand in four overs that yielded 40 runs.

Adhiambo was left watching on one side of the crease as Bhakita found gaps in the field with so much ease for boundaries.

After losing Adhiambo with 21 balls to play, Bhakita managed to reach her fifty in the 19th over in an unbeaten 10th wicket stand with Edith Waithaka.

Meyers Enright had early brought a lot of tension in the Kenya’s dug out with three quick wickets that saw her end on 3 for 14.

Bhakita continued from where she had left at with the bat by picking up three wickets.

Namibia inning too began on a the wrong foot by losing the first wicket off her first ball. But they were able to bounce back and get into the control of the match once again in a second wicket stand of 70 runs between Enright (32) and Yasmeen Khan (36) in 13.5 overs.

The run out to Khan which brought to an end the healthy stand that almost handed Namibia their first win over Kenya was opened up a collapse which they never recovered from.

None of the batters could get past the 10 run mark as Bhakita and Kinyua ran through the middle and tail end with ease to reduce them to 97 for 8.