Rakep quickfire halts Free State in Kimberley

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 08, 2017
  • Kenya rode on Rakep Patel's spectacular knock of 74 off 44 balls to win with 10 balls to spare against Free State. (SNA. File Photo)

Skipper Rakep Patel hit a quickfire 74 to help Kenya pull off a four-wicket victory over Free State in their opening match of the 2017 Africa Twenty20 Cup in Kimberley, South Africa on Friday afternoon.

Chasing Free States’ 147 for 7, Kenya rode on Rakep’s spectacular knock of 74 off 44 balls to win with 10 balls to spare as Kenya had a positive start in their third successive appearance at the event.

The Kanbis opening all-rounder scored 12 runs in the tenth over of the inning bowled by Andrew Rasemene to bring up his 50 off just 33 deliveries at De Beers Diamond Oval.

Rakep and his predecessor Collins Obuya put on 93 for the fourth wicket to revive Kenya’s hope of a win after Kenya had been reduced to 33 for 3 in 5.2 overs.

Rakep’s 47 minutes long inning included 10 boundaries and three sixes before he was dismissed with five overs to play when he was bowled by Loyiso Mdashe.

Obuya who was Kenya’s second top batsman in the inning with 43 from 29 balls was more cautious than his partner in a stand that brought up 50 off 39 balls.

While Rakep was dislodging Free State bowlers all over De Beers Diamond Oval with free flowing boundaries, Obuya was slow and always gave him a stand.

After Rakep was dismissed, Obuya and Gurdeep Singh (8) made sure the chase remained on track with their unbeaten 23-run sixth-wicket partnership.

Obuya’s unbeaten knock of 43 included four boundaries and a six.

Rakep and Obuya were unified in the sixth over when Free State seamers CA Dry (1 for 15), SC van Schalwyk (1 for 23) and A. Rasamene (1 for 20) had dismissed Irfan Karim (4), Alex Obanda (5) and Dhiren Gondaria (11) in quick succession.

Earlier, Diego Rosier and Leus du Plooy’s saved the Free State innings with the two scoring 44 and 37 runs respectively.

They put on 49 for the third wicket after Free State had been reduced to 30 for 2 in five overs thanks to Nehemiah Odhiambo and Nelson Mandela’s dismissal of the openers for four and 13 runs.

Odhiambo went on to break the Plooy-Rosier stand in the tenth over before adding two more to end on 4 for 23.

Kenya will be back in action on Saturday to face Northern Cape.