Bowlers, Patel script Kenya’s win in low scoring encounter

posted on Mar 11, 2017

The Kenyan bowling unit restricted hosts Nepal to 112 for 8 before skipper Rakep Patel played a useful knock of 34 not out to steer Kenya to a 5-wicket victory in a rain affected fifth round ICC World Cricket League Championship match in Kirtipur Nepal.

The rains meant that only 38 overs per side were possible at the start of the match. And Kenya having won the toss immediately subdued Nepal with some clinical displays from the openers. The home side found themselves in deep trouble at 66 for 5 after 23 overs. The visitors continued to press their advantage to further reduce Nepal to 87 for 8 by the end of the 32nd over.

However, a ninth wicket 30-run partnership between Sompal Kami and Shakti Gauchan got Nepal to 112 for 8 before the rains returned to cause another stoppage that effectively ended the innings and further forced a downward reduction of overs to 29 with a revised target of 104.

Shem Ngoche was Kenya’s top wicket-taker with 3 for 18 while he received good support from Nelson Odhiambo 2 for 17 while Nehemiah Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno and Patel each picked a wicket.

Kenya began their chase poorly losing the top three batsmen for just 21 runs thanks to some incisive bowling by Nepalese bowlers especially Sagar Pun who picked Irfan Karim and Dhiren Gondaria in successive deliveries off the seventh over.

Patel and Collins Obuya then build a patient fourth wicket 44-run partnership to put the chase back on track. Patel continued after the fall of Obuya with Gurdeep Singh to see the Kenya through hitting a six off the first ball of the 24th over to give Kenya two vital points in the first of two fixtures in Kirtipur.

Both teams meet again at the same venue on Monday 13th March, 2017.