Kenya puts one foot in second round of Africa Twenty20 Cup

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 10, 2017
  • Irfan Karim was dismissed on three but skipper Rakep Patel hit an unbeaten 72 which included six boundaries and four sixes. (SNA. File Photo)

A second consecutive half century from skipper Rakep Patel guided Kenya to a dominant five-wicket win of the Africa Twenty20 Cup against Northern Cape Kimberley, South Africa on Saturday evening.

Rakep remained unbeaten on 72 as Kenya put one foot in the second round of the event for the first time in three attempts with the comfortable win.

After winning the toss, Nelson Mandela finished with three wickets as the home team were restricted for 149 for five at De Beers Diamond Oval.

Mandela recorded figures of three for 30, while Shem Obado and Lucas Oluoch picked a wicket each with Patrick Kruger top-scoring for Northern Cape with 29.

And man-of-the-match Rakep recorded a second successive T20 half-century in 48 hours with his blistering 72 coming off just 47 balls. He shared an unbeaten sixth wicket stand of 61 with Mandela who was also remained unbeaten on 17 runs.

“I hit the ball really well from the start," said Rakep whose knock included six boundaries and four sixes. "It is always nice to get off to a flyer, it takes the pressure off yourself a little bit. Having Gurdeep Singh (33) and Mandela hitting them too at the other end was really helpful. We did really well to get the victory."

Rakep’s sixes included three consecutive sixes in the 17th over. He hit Kruger for 18 runs in the first three balls of the over to bring up his 50 from 37 balls and get Kenya to 17 runs to win after that over.

NC appeared comfortable

After losing the toss, Northern Cape openers Kruger and Grant Mokoena appeared comfortable against the pace of Nehemiah Odhiambo and Oluoch and the spin of Obado to post 53 in eight overs.

But Mandela struck with the third ball of the ninth over to dismiss Mokeana for 25.

Mandela was again successful when he dismissed Kruger with a brilliant yorker two balls later.

Obado picked the third wicket in the 11th over when he had Jacques Snyman stumped on 10.

Keegan Petersen (22) and Aubrey Swanepoel (25) then got their side to the hundred mark before Werner Coetsee and Kagiso Mohale got them to the final total of 148 for 5.

Kenya's chase began on the wrong foot with the quick dismissal of Alex Obanda (1) and Irfan Karim (3) with the board on 15 after three overs.

Kenya were 33 for 3 after 5.2 overs when Dhiren Gondaria was also sent back to the pavilion for 15. Neither did Collins Obuya help salvage Kenya’s sinking inning as he was also dismissed with board on 38.

Obuya’s dismissals paved way for a 50 runs fifth wicket stand between Singh and Patel before Maupa dismissed Singh with seven overs to play to pave way to Rakep-Mandela stand that saw Kenya win the match with eight balls to play.

Kenya plays Kwa Zulu Natal on Sunday. Kwa Zulo lost to Free State by nine wickets in the second match of the pool.