Nairobi Gymkhana upset Kanbis in NPCA Twenty20

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jan 18, 2022
  • It was third time lucky for Nairobi Gymkhana who upset upset Kanbis in the NPCA Twenty20 on Sunday.

Humiliated by Kanbis during last year’s Super League action, Nairobi Gymkhana replied by upsetting Kanbis, the league and Twenty20 champions with a 21 runs win at Gymkhana on Sunday.

In their league meetings last year, Kanbis registered a record win over their opponents at Eastleigh High School with Rakep Patel scoring a double century to become the second player to do so in the NPCA league. They then convincingly  beat Nairobi Gymkhana in the second leg.

But, when the last ball of their Twenty20 match was bowled on Sunday at Nairobi Gymkhana, the script had changed. The hosts emerged winners against all odds.

In this match, Nairobi Gymkhana outsmarted Kanbis in all departments.  Chasing a partly 137 for win, the visitors made a steady start before losing wickets to be restricted for 116 for nine.

"Yes it was disappointing," Kanbis captain Rajesh Bhudia admitted. He admitted: "But Gymkhana played some really good cricket as a team. Right from the first ball they took our bowlers on. It looked like they would score more than 150 but we restricted them to 136, but our batting didn't turn up the way we wanted it to."

Delighted with the victory, Karan Kaul, the Nairobi Gymkhana captain said he could not have asked for  more from his teammates. He singled out a stellar performance by Lucas Oluoch and Nikul Patel who picked up three wickets each.

"I can't ask for more. The opening bowlers gave us a good start and later on Lucas and Nikul came on and picked crucial wickets," he stated. "Maybe we were 15-20 short, but 300 is a big task for anybody."

The home side’s inning started on a sour note when they lost Kavi Dosaja for a duck. Irfan Karim and Kaul stayed on for five overs to get their side to 34 before the skipper was caught on nine.

Karim had a good run before being bowled out

Karim then got his side past the 50 runs with Harsh Patel before the national team opening batsman was bowled by Kanbis’ captain on 28 off 24 balls. Harsh Patel stuck on for a while before Bhudia had him caught on 22.

Oluoch, Nikul and Thomas Odoyo later contributed 20's to lead their side to a finals score of 136 for 8.

In reply, Kanbis openers failed to give them a good start as Narendra Kalyan was dismissed for five by Bhavya Thakker. Dhiren Gondaria and Rakep Patel then got their side to 41 runs before Thakker got his second by dismissing Rakep Patel on 13.

Gondaria then fell immediately to Prasant Srinivas to leave the visitors on 56 for 3. Vinod Rabadia (17) and Bhudia (28) looked poised to get their side past the finishing line but as soon as Rabadia was dismissed by Nikul Patel, Kanbis hopes of winning became slim courtesy of Oluoch’s pace.

In another match at Nairobi Jafferys, Alex Obanda’s second straight half ton at the venue and Jadavji Bhimji’s five wickets haul led host Swamibapa to an eight wickets win over Kongonis.

Chasing 116 to win, Swamibapa lost only two wickets before making it three wins in a row. Obanda top-scored with 60 runs that included three sixes and seven fours before he fell to Martin Okoth.

The home side had a positive start of their target with Obanda and Nicholas Oluoch putting on an opening stand of 102 runs before Oluoch was sent back to the pavilion by David Waters on 27.

After the dismissal of Obanda three balls later, Francis Otieno and Nehemiah Odhiambo patched the remaining runs to see their team through with 5.5 overs to play.

Chris Childs and Newton Muthee were Kongonis top scorers with 23 and 19 runs as respectively Bhimji ran through the batting order with five wickets.