Gandhi and Patel steer Kenya under-19 to win over Botswana

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 03, 2017
  • Kenya breeze past Botswana in second under-19 match. (Photo Courtesy)

Aman Ghandhi’s breezy half century, combined with excellent bowling from Yaksh Patel helped Kenya U19 beat Botswana U19 side by seven wickets in the second of the ICC Africa Under-19s World Cup Qualifier at Nairobi Gymkhana on Sunday.

Facing a modest target of 139, Gandhi stroked his way to 74, ensuring there were to be no alarms as the hosts made it two wins out of two.

Gandhi who also top-scored in the first match against Ghana with 71 shared two half centuries stands to eliminate any prospect of the South African side pulling off an upset against the home team.

He put an opening stand of 64 in 14.5 overs with Dennis Musyoki (33) and 56 for the second with Rahul Seedhar (7) in 10 overs.

Gandhi fell in the 27th over having hit 12 fours in his 84 balls' knock with victory in sight.

After his dismissal with only 12 runs required for Kenya to register their second straight win, it was left to Aveet Desai (7) and Tom Ochieng (8) to formalize the result with 130 balls to spare.

Phemello Sila who got the wickets of Gandhi and Seedhar was Botswana’s outstanding bowler with 2 for 14 from 3.2 overs.

Excellent spin bowling by Kenya juniors limited Botswana who had lost heavily to Uganda in the first match on Saturday to 139 all out batting first and set the stage for the batsmen’s romp to victory.

Patel was the pick of Kenya bowlers

Patel was the pick of Kenya bowlers claiming four for 25 while Abishekh Chidambaran and Gerald Mwendwa chipped in with two wickets each.

Put to to bat, Botswana captain Tharindu Perera had less to celebrate as his middle order batsmen failed to perform despite a good start from the top order.

Barring Muaz Arooz (37), Valentine Mbazo (23), Brandon van Zyl (16) and Perera (14), no other Botswana batsman could stay on wicket for long as the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals in the middle of the inning.

From 90 for 2 in 27 overs, Botswana crumbled to 139 all out thanks to Patel and Chidambaran spin.

After Mwendwa had reduced the Botswana to 39 for 2 in 9.1 overs, Arooz and Mbazo shared a second wicket stand of 52 runs before Chidambaran broke the stand with the dismissal of Arooz.

Mbazo added 21 for the fifth wicket with Zyl and after quick dismissal of the two for only three runs, Botswana never recovered.

At Nairobi Jafferys, two time ICC World Cup finalists Uganda beat Ghana by 32 runs.

After electing to bat, Uganda recovered from a poor start that saw them stand at 31 for 3 after 7.4 overs to finally end on 148. Ronald Opio was the architect of the recovery with 67.

In reply, Ghana could only manage 116 in 38.5 overs thanks to Trevor Bukenya’s five wickets haul (5 for 23).