Kenya routed for 51 by Pakistan A

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Dec 17, 2021
  • Pakistan A and Kenya line up for the opening ceremony in Lahore. Kenya were bowled out for 51 in theis lowest ever score in an international match. (Courtesy PCB)

Kenya cricket team on Tuesday suffered the ignominy of getting bowled out for a paltry score of 51 against Pakistan A in the third match of the five-match series tour of Pakistan.

By the virtue of bowling out Kenya for their lowest score ever in an international fixture, Pakistan A won the match by 214 runs after having made 265 for 5 in 45 overs at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

Zia-ul-Haq was the chief destroyer to the Kenyans with five wickets haul. Haq was assisted by Shahzaib Ahmed who bagged three wickets. Kenya’s previous lowest score in an international event was 69 against New Zealand during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Kenya batsmen strangely lacked nerves to fight with as many as five batsman out without scoring as Haq and Ahmed ensured Kenya ended their inning in 22 overs. The highest scorer was 18 and 11 from Lucas Oluoch and Shem Obado which incidentally were the only double digit score by batsmen.

Four batsmen Gurdeep Singh, Maurice Ouma Eugene Ochieng and James Ngoche all scored ducks as Kenya's poor show with the bat once again unfolded.

Haq got the wickets of Alex Obanda (1), Hamza Malik (2), Ouma (0), Nelson Odhiambo (1) and Nelson Odhiambo to end with 5 for 9 from only five overs. Ahmed’s victims were Obado (11), Ochieng and Ngoche to finish with 3 for 11 from six overs.

After winning the toss, Kenya asked Pakistan A to field and they were nailed immediately as opener Babar Azam anchored two solid partnerships worth 82 and 69 runs for the second and third wickets.

After Ifthikar Ahmed was trapped lbw by Oluoch for 12 in the eighth over, Barbar got the scores to 124 with Saad Ali before Ali was brilliantly caught by Nehemiah Ngoche in the 26th over on 27.

Barbar then went on to add 69 with Fawad Alam that got the scores to 193 before he was caught behind off Odhiambo. Babar stroked 12 fours and a six, but fell three runs short of a well-deserved century.

Following Babar's departure, the Kenya bowlers began containing the runs and managed to keep Pakistan A to 193 for 3 by the 37th over. But Alam (84 off 61) accelerated towards the end, smashing 59 in last five overs.