Obuya hits unbeaten 109, win decided on DL method

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
May 18, 2017
  • Nelson Odhiambo bats against Malaysia in an earlier match. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenya XI cricket side registered their third successive win in the ongoing cricket series with a 41 runs win on Duckworth Lewis over Singapore as former national skipper Collins Obuya hit an unbeaten 109.

Chasing 276 to win, Singapore were on course when they launched their reply, but when the rain arrived they, fell behind on the rate.

It was an agonizing end for the visitors, whose 136 for 4, off 36 overs, left them 41 runs short of their required target on the D/L method.

Having been asked to bat first, the Kenyans were impressive with the bat with Obuya scoring his second ton in just three matches.

His century which came off 94 balls followed his 101 not out against Oman that handed Kenya a three wickets win on Sunday.

Opening batsman Abraham Vadada earlier scored 33 runs off 65 balls to provide support to Obuya who hit seven fours and four sixes in his third List A ODI century.

The Kenyan side had a horrific start losing Dhiren Gondaria for two in the third over with only five on the board. Vadada and Rushabh Patel added 70 runs for the second wicket in 15 overs before the stand was broken when Paraq Dahiwal had Patel caught on 38 runs.

This opened up for a third wicket stand of 21 runs in four overs between Vadada and Obuya.

Vijaya Selladorre ended the stand to pave way for a fourth wicket stand of 69 runs between the former national team skipper and Gurdeep Singh. Singh failed to capitalize on his good start by falling on 32 with 13 overs to go.

From 165 for 4, the Kenyans were on 167 for 6 three balls later when Anantha Krishna picked his double by dismissing Nelson Odhiambo for one. Shem Obado (12) partnered with Obuya and got Kenya XI close to double century before falling.

Ouoch cracked three sixes

Lucas Oluoch (31 not out) finally stuck in for the remaining nine overs cracking three sixes and same number of fours as Obuya got his second century in three days in an unbeaten stand of 87 runs.

Singapore lost their first wicket for 30 runs after seven overs when Odhiambo dismissed Navin Paraam.

Anish added on 51 with Arjun Murtaza in 12 overs before Obado bowled the opener on 30 runs. Singapore lost two more wickets for 28 runs to Pushpak Kerai but Anish looked set to salvage something from the match until when the rains cut him short.

At Sikh Union, Nairobi, Oman beat Kuwait by four wickets to register their second successive win of the series.

Asked to bat, Kuwait struggled with the bat losing six wickets for 36 runs before a 61 run stand between top scorer Khizar Hayat (55) and Aminudin Ramly (24) lifted them to 97 for 7.

They lost their last three wickets for 44 runs to end on 141 in 42.2 overs. Muhammad Nadeem was the chief destroyer of Kuwait with 4 for 33 from 10 overs.

In reply, Oman lost six wickets in 28.2 overs to win. Zeeshan Maqsood top scored with 68 runs from 64 balls.

Results

Kuwait (141 all out) lost to Oman (143 for 6) by four wickets.

Kenya XI (258 for 6) beat Singapore (136 for 4) by 41 runs on Duckworth Lewis.