Superb display by Bhakita helps Kenya win over Tanzania

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 09, 2017
  • A superb batting display from Sarah Bhakita helped seal the victory for the Kenyans with two wickets in hand. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya women's cricket team clinched a tense two-wickets win over Tanzania in the ICC Africa Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier encounter at Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek, Namibia on Friday.

They had to battle through a mid-innings scare to get over the finish line with an over to spare. 

Kenya, who needed to win the match to begin their quest for a ticket to next year’s ICC World Qualifiers on a positive note, were dragged into a battle of survival after a mid-innings collapse.

The collapse saw them go from 51 for 4 in 8.2 overs to 87 for 8 with two overs to play.

Chasing a score of 88 to win, with the Tanzanians having been restricted to 87 for 3 in the allotted 20 overs, the game was Kenya’s to lose.

However a disappointing start from Mary Wambui (0) saw Kenya lose their first wicket in the third ball of their innings – but the introduction of new skipper Margaret Banja steadied the Kenyans composure to help them edge closer to their target.

By the time Kenya lost Quentoor Aoko on 13 and Banja on 25 runs, it was turning into a matter of when Kenya would come away with the victory, not if because the score was on 41 for 3 with 13 overs to play.

But the Tanzania slow bowlers gave Kenya much to think about as Zinaida Finkili and Monica Pascal went on the counter-attack in the middle stages of their opponents innings.

Kenya were rattled by spin

Alongside poor run in between the wickets, Kenya were clearly rattled by the onslaught of spin.

But it was a superb batting display from Sarah Bhakita (21) and an unbeaten 24 balls, six from Ruth Achando that helped seal the victory for the Kenyans with two wickets in hand.

Bhakita came in the middle in the seventh over after Kenya had been reduced to 41 for 3 with the dismissal of Banja.

Banja’s 25 came off 19 balls and it included five boundaries before she fell to Fatuma Kibasu who had her caught by Nasra Siadi. Kibasu had put on an unbeaten 48 to lead her side to the total.

The opener batted the entire inning hitting five boundaries from 62 balls she faced.

After a six ball duck dismissal of Monica Pascal, with the board on 10, Kibasu and Neema Pius (14) went on to put a second wicket stand of 54 runs.

The two batted for 15 overs before the stand was brought to an end when Pius was run out by Alice Muoki.

Zuena Saidi was also run out on four with the board on 78 after 18.3 overs before Aisha Ally and Kibasu played the remaining balls yielding 10 runs