By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Mar 09, 2017
Kenya cricket team ended their India tour on a positive note with a commanding 38 runs win over Baroda Cricket Association XI team.
The win took Kenya’s win in the tour ahead of this weekend’s ICC World Cricket League Championship to 3-1 in the five match series.
Set an imposing 235 to win, the home team struggled at the beginning and closing stages of the hunt.
After Kenya made 234 all out on the back of a Collins Obuya and Rakep Patel’s half centuries Baroda replied with 196 from 43.2 overs after some impressive performances from Elijah Otieno and Nelson Odhiambo who picked three wickets each.
Obuya top-scored with 79 off 98 balls that included two sixes and eight boundaries. Skipper Rakep was also instrumental with the bat scoring 76 off 96 balls which consisted six boundaries and two sixes.
The two put on a fourth wicket stand of 141 runs in 28 overs which lifted Kenya to 187 after they had been put on 46 for 3 after 9.2 overs with the dismissal of Irfan Karim (0), Alex Obanda (22) and Dhiren Gondaria (0).
After seeing Kenya past the 50 runs mark seven balls after their union, the two went on to get Kenya to 100 runs mark with the last ball of the 22nd over.
The two right handers went on to get to 150 after 31 overs with Obuya already having reached his half century mark. Obuya’s half century came off 59 balls and included two sixes and six boundaries.
Rakep's first half century
Rakep took time much time to get to his half century as he faced 68 balls to get to his first half century of the tour. Before reaching the half ton, the Kanbis all-rounder had hit two sixes and two boundaries.
The stand which lasted over an hour and a half was broken when Swapnil Singh uprooted Obuya’s stumps. Rakep and Karan Kaul added 32 for the fifth before Soaib Taib dismissed the captain in the same fashion to Obuya’s.
From then, Kenya lost wickets regularly with only a 19 runs stand for the ninth wicket the best. Kenya were all out with four balls to spare.
In reply, the home team struggled to build up stands and kept on losing wickets regularly thanks to some tight bowling from opener Otieno who claimed 3 for 26 and 3 for 31 respectively.
The two had returned both openers back to the pavilion inside 6.1 0vers for ducks with the board on 24. Otieno picked two more wickets in the 10th and 12th over to put the hosts on 42 for 4.
Dixit Patel who was standing on one side as wickets scrambled was finally dismissed on 30 in the 15th over by Shem Ngoche.
After 28 overs, the home team was on 77 for 6 but their hopes of salvaging a win got a lifeline in a seventh wicket stand between Taib (40) and top scorer Atit Sheth (65) that got the scores to 113 before Oluoch dismissed Taib in the 28th over.
Sheth looked set to see his side home and shared a couple of stands but was short of partners before he was the last to fall when he was caught trying to get the maximum off Odhiambo In the 44th over.