Kenya bounce back from Uganda loss to beat Ghana

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 05, 2017

Kenya under-19 cricket team on Wednesday bounced back from a stunning defeat by Uganda on Tuesday to beat Ghana in their second round match of the ICC Africa under-19 World Cup qualifier at Nairobi Jafferys.

Yaksh Patel took 3 for 17 as Kenya beat Ghana by 107 runs to put their 2018 ICC Under-19 World Cup qualification back on track.

Kenya impressed with the bat with the batsmen sharing a number of stands as Kenya posted 221 for nine after winning the toss and choosing to bat.

The score ended up to be a huge task for the West African side as they lost wickets regularly before finally ending up on 114 with 14 overs to play.

The victory may still not be enough for Kenya to qualify for next year’s global showpiece as they will have to beat Botswana and Uganda and pray that Uganda falter against Ghana to qualify for their first appearance at the event in 16 years.

Ghana’s chase backfired in the opening stages of their inning losing four wickets for 32 runs in the first 10 overs.

Patel was the architect of Ghana’s early collapse with three wickets. This was after Gerald Mwendwa had reduced the West African country to 2 for 1 in 14 balls.

Patel got his first wicket by dismissing Alex Osei in the sixth over before he struck the big blow when he had dependable batsman Rexford Bakum bowled on 19 five overs later with the board on 14.

Patel surprised Daniel Anefie

Two balls after Aman Gandhi had run out Michael Aboagye, Patel surprised Daniel Anefie with a slow ball which caught him in front to reduce them to 32 for 5 after 13.4 overs.

Abishekh Chidambaran made the matter worse for the Ghanaians with two wickets in nine balls to put them at 40 for 7.

Theodore Joseph and Joseph Aboagye briefly steadied the inning with a 15.2 overs long eighth wicket stand of 72 runs.

The stand put on a run rate of 4.69 and looked set to keep the Kenyans longer on the pitch before Mwendwa broke it with his second of the day.

The Obuya Academy bowler had Joseph caught after having scored 40 off 75 balls which include two sixes. Sukdeep Singh wrapped up the tail with two wickets in two balls to bowl them out on 114 in 36 overs as Aboagye remained unbeaten on 19.

Earlier, Kenya juniors scored a challenging 221 for nine after electing to bat, thanks to the captain.

Thomas Ochieng top scored with 49 balls 42 with Aman Gandhi (30) and Dennis Musyoka (21), Sachin Bhudia (26) and Ankeet Hirani (24) all chipping in with useful contribution.

Openers Gandhi and Musyoka put on 37 before Gandhi was dismissed in the ninth over. Musyoka was the second to fall after having shared a second wicket stand of 32 with Rahul Seedhar (19).

Seedhar and Aveet Desai then got Kenya to 91 in an eight overs stand for the third wicket before Seedhar was caught behind. Desai and Ochieng also continued the good show in partnership by getting the scores to 140 after 32 overs.

Ochieng fell in the 38th over with the board on 157. Bhudia and Hirani continued on with the momentum before Chidambaram hit the last runs at the end.