By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Mar 06, 2017
Kenya recorded a sensational one-run victory against hosts Baroda Cricket Association Senior team in a nail-biting finish at Reliance Cricket Stadium City-Vadodara on Monday in their second match of the India tour.
Young Dhiren Gondaria struck a fine century to help Kenya to a total of 250 all out in 49 overs before Kenya bowlers put on a good show in the closing stage of the chase to bowl out the hosts for 249 with a ball to play.
Gondaria blasted 118 off 39 balls with seven towering sixes and eight boundaries as Kenya put on a good batting show against the hosts.
Sent into bat, Kenya lost Alex Obanda for five after an opening stand of 23 with Irfan Karim but then came Gondaria who ended up being the rescuer for Kenya.
He added a third wicket stand with 121 with Collins Obuya after he had lost Karim for 20 runs in the 15th over.
By the time of Karim’s departure, Gondaria had posted 26 runs before going on to reach his half century from 46 balls that had two sixes and five boundaries in the 21st over.
He completed his century in the 32nd over after adding five more sixes and a four from 45 balls. He lost Obuya in the 33rd over after the two had shared the crease for 112 balls.
Obuya was caught off Pratik Ghodadra after hitting a 42 ball 40 which included three fours and a six. Gondaria fell four overs later to Gurjit Saini who had him caught with the board on 195.
Saini got his third of the day on the very next ball when he had the skipper Rakep Patel caught on four from 11 balls.
From 177 for 2 in 33 overs, Kenya were on 206 for 7 after 41 overs when Karan Kaul (4), Rushab Patel (5) were only allowed brief stay in the crease.
Siblings Nehemiah Odhiambo (22) and James Ngoche (11) added 28 for the eighth wicket to get Kenya to 234 before the tail off Lucas Oluoch and Elijah Otieno got the scores to 250 as Odhiambo remained unbeaten.
Saini ended up the star with the ball for the home team with 4 for 41 having even taken the scalps of Obanda and Kaul. Ghodadra and Kamran Shaikh picked two wickets each.
Later, Dhiren Mistry (93) made valuable contributions to take the total to some respectability before the Kenyan bowlers put breaks on their surge with wickets regularly in the dying moments of the match.
Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Mistry stood firm on one end and gave Kenya bowlers a run for their money.
After being at 38 for 1 after 10.2 overs and 57 for 2 after 15.5 overs, Baroda rode on Mistry’s half century to get to 117 for 4 after 28.4 overs.
Baroda were on course for a win until when Mistry was bowled in the 42nd over by Odhiambo after hitting ten boundaries and a six from 107 balls with the board on 169.
Arpit Bhalware (49) tried to see his team to victory when he got the scores to 217 before he fell to Odhiambo.
Godadra also put on a brave fight adding 21 from 10 balls but was short of support as Jaydev Patel was run out of the second last ball of the day.
Odhiambo finished with 3 for 58 with his brother bagging 2 for 41.