Gandhi and Hirani half tons too heavy for Ghana

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 02, 2017
  • Abisheikh Chidambaran ripped through the middle order. (Photo Courtesy)

Aman Gandhi and Ankit Hirani hit half centuries to lead Kenya under-19 cricket side to 82 runs victory over Ghana in their opening match of the ICC Africa under-19 World Cup Qualifier at Nairobi Gymkhana on Saturday.

After winning the toss, Kenya were in deep trouble at 26 for 4 but Gandhi’s 71 and Hirani’s 55 managed to lift the hosts to 198 all out before the bowlers led Kenya into bowling out the west African side to 116 in 33 overs.

Skipper Sachin Bhudai was the architect of the Ghanian’s fall with five wickets haul.

Gandhi stuck on the wicket for 37 overs watching Kenya crumble to 26 for 4 after 10 overs.

He however managed to get a 48 runs stand for the fifth wicket from Sukhdeep Singh (12) Bhudia was the sixth wicket to fall to leave the Kenyan side on 75 for 6 after 23 overs.

Hirani joined Gandhi in the middle and the two got Kenya past the hundred mark in just six overs.

They two posted 64 in 15 overs before Gandhi was caught behind after hitting six boundaries and a six.

After Gandhi’s dismissal, Hirani took charge and his half century together with Gerald Mwendwa’s 12 and Yaksh Patel propelled Kenya to the final score of 198.

In reply, Ghana struggled with the bat as all their top five batsmen failed to get into double digits.

Bhudia was the executioner of the poor show by the top order batsmen of the Ghanian juniors as he claimed four of the five wickets to leave them at 17 for 4 after 5.2 overs.

Top scorer Michael Aboagye (26) Daniel Anefie added 14 for the sixth wicket to lift the scores to 48 in 13 overs.

After Anefie was trapped lbw, Aboagye and Theodore Joseph (22) got the scores to 62 for 7.

Joseph Aboagye (10), Joseph Adotei (14) and David Pereira (10) could only help their team to 116 as Bhudia claimed his fifth to finish on 5 for 22 in 6.3 overs.

Abisheikh Chidambaran who ripped through the middle order with his spin ended on 3 forf 31.