Pakistan snatch another win over Kenya

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Dec 20, 2021

Mukhtar Ahmed scored a rapid half century to set up Pakistan A’s 118 win over Kenya in their fourth one day match at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore on Friday.

The win took Pakistan’s series lead to 4-0 with a match to go. The morning began with dense fog around the stadium leading to a three-hour delay after which Kenya opted to bowl and the match was reduced to 28-overs-a-side from 45.

Ahmed scored 87 runs off 62 balls to set up the tone as Pakistan A made 224 runs for the loss of five wickets before two wickets from Mukhtar and Fawad Alam saw Kenya bowled out for 106 with a ball to spare.

Pakistan openers Iftikhar Ahmed and Mukhtar Ahmed provided a solid start with a stand of 145 runs. The scoring rate at the end of the 10th over was 6.80, but it was paced up quickly with Kenya conceding 98 runs in next 10 overs.

Pakistan A lost two quick wickets during that period as Iftikhar fell soon after completing his fifty, going for a pull only to be caught at midwicket, followed by Umar Siddiq, who fell for a first-ball duck.

A stunning running catch by Gurdeep Singh dismissed Mukhtar, who struck 11 fours and two sixes. A late surge from Zohaib Ahmed (25 off 21) Mohammad Rizwan helped the hosts put up a daunting total. Kenya were shaky in their reply as they lost their first wicket in the first over.

They never looked strong enough to intimidate the hosts, despite some resistance shown by Morris Ouma (21) and Nelson Odhiambo (22). Wickets fell at regular intervals and Kenya were dismissed for 106 runs with a ball to spare.

Saeed Ajmal, who has been suspended from bowling in international cricket, played for Pakistan A.

He spent three months in remedial work on his illegal action and ended up with two spells of three overs each, conceded 23 runs for one wicket. He was playing in his first competitive game in the last four months.

He went wicket-less in his first spell and struck in his second spell when Emmanuel Bundi flicked a length ball to be caught at square leg. Ajmal returned with a significant improvement in his action, stride and follow through.

His arm looked stiffer and straighter while watching with the naked eye.

He wasn’t mixing up the deliveries as he was just bowling his conventional offspin with a slower stride.

Kenya beat Namibia in Twenty20

In South Africa, Kenya Women Cricket team ended their tour of on a winning note by clinching a five wickets win over Namibia bringing to an end their winless streak in the Pepsi Africa Women Twenty20 tournament.

Before the match, Kenya lost to Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Uganda and hosts South Africa. After winning the toss, Namibia were restricted to 79 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs, thanks to four wickets haul from Mercyline Adhiambo.

Adhiambo got the wickets of Carmin Liebenberg, Irene Van Zyl, Chantelle Estherhuizen and Yasmeen Khan to finish with career best 4 for 12 from 4 overs. She began by removing Liebenberg for three with the scores on 20.

Adhiambo got the second wickets four balls later when she had Van Zyl caught on a duck off four balls. She bagged the third when she had Estherhuizen caught on seven before she made it four by dismissing Khan-caught and bowled to leave Namibia on 37 for 4.

Opener Anneri Van Schoor top scored for her side with 24 off 40 balls that included two boundaries. Schoor lost her wicket when she was bowled by Sylvia Kinyua in the 14th over as Namibia found themselves struggling at 51 for 5.

Zhantay Frans added on 11 off 24 and Maryke Short hit a quick 17 at number seven to lead their side to the total. Kenya inning started in the most familiar fashion when Margaret Banja was trapped lbw for three in the fourth over to leave Kenya on 12 for 1.

Adhiambo’s good show with the ball wasn’t witnessed in the middle as she was bowled for a golden duck before Kinyua was caught on one to leave Kenya struggling at 20 for 3 after five overs.

However Sharon Juma and skipper Pearlyne Omamo added on 23 for the fifth wicket before Juma was caught off Short on 17 off 21 balls in the ninth over. Sarah Bhakita saw Kenya past the finish line with a quick fire 26 from 13 balls.

In other matches, hosts South Africa dented Tanzania’s hopes of qualifying with a resounding eight wickets win. South Africa blew Tanzania for 24 all out in 12.5 overs thanks to four wickets from Michelle Burt and three from Maggie Mphahlele.

In the third match of the day, Chipo Mugeri cracked a magnificent 68 to lead Zimbabwe to a 48 runs win over Namibia.