Kwazulu Natal knock Kenya out of Africa Twenty20 Cup

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 11, 2021
  • Kenya blew their chances against Kwazulu Natal to miss the semi final of the Africa Twenty20 Cup. (SNA. File Photo).

From 70 for 2 to 92 all-out. This was a summary of Kenya’s inning in their last group match of the 2017 Africa Twenty20 Cup on Sunday at De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley.

Facing a winless Kwazulu Natal, Kenya appeared set to reach the required 117 and qualify for the semi-finals with so much ease until the jinx struck paving way for th home team to win by 24 runs with 10 balls to play.

Free State qualified from the pool after beating Northern Cape by 62 runs in the other group C match at the same venue.

Kenya who needed a win after beating Free State and Northern began the chase well.

Openers Irfan Karim (15) and Dhiren Gondaria (22) put an opening stand of 32 in 4.2 overs before the latter was dismissed after facing 18 balls. Karim was the next to fall when his stumps were uprooted in eighth over.

Rakep Patel who has been the pillar of Kenya’s batting in the tournament with two half centuries scored 16 in a third wicket stand of 21 with Rushabh Patel (17) before he was dismissed with the board on 73.

His dismissal, the first one in three innings in the tournament paved way for the huge collapse as Kenya lost their remaining wickets for 19 runs to end on 92.

Expected to explode

After Rakep was caught, Rushabh, Collins Obuya, Gurdeep Singh, and co. were expected to explode and see Kenya past the finish line but they only lasted 41 balls scoring only 12 runs.

Apart from the top four batsmen in the lineup who scored 69 runs, none of the other seven batsmen scored more than 10 runs.

Although Kwazulu Natal put on an impressive bowling show, Kenya were equally poor with their shot selections.

The batting collapse destroyed what would have been a good return into the team for Emmanuel Bundi who claimed five for 13 to give Kenya a perfect start in the match against a side that had already lost all its opening matches to Northern Cape and Free State.

Making his first appearance in the tournament in place of Lucas Oluoch, Bundi returned his best figures for the national team in a four over spell that included 14 dots as the home side struggled with his mix of pace and swing.

Blistering start

Put into bat, Kwazulu made a blistering start in front the home crowd with openers putting on a stand of 43 runs in five overs.

However, the momentum shifted dramatically as soon as Bundi was introduced into the attack. Bundi began his good day with the ball when he had Dudu Zondo caught behind on nine with his first delivery.

Kwazulu Natal lost two more wickets for 10 runs when Shem Obado had Vaughn van Jaarsveld caught on 32 and Pushpak Kerai put his name on the wicket list with the dismissal of Kalipha Cele for eight.

Calvin Savage (14) and Andile Mokgakane (11) looked set to revive their team’s inning with a fourth wicket stand of 20 until Kerai bagged his second.

In the 13th over, Bundi picked two wickets in two balls to reduce the home team to 85 for 6 before adding on two more in two balls in the 15th over to put the scorers on 88 for 8. Kerai ended with figures of 2 for 16 from four overs.