Obuya, Singh half centuries help Kenya cruise.


posted on May 16, 2017

Half centuries from Collins Obuya (59) and Gurdeep Singh (54) aided Kenya XI secure a morale boosting 111 run win over Malaysia at the Nairobi Jafferys cricket ground on Monday, May 15.

Kenya XI started their innings brightly, racing to 60 off nine overs before Malaysia punctuated the host's run rate with some accurate bowling that were rewarded with the wicket of the dangerous-looking Rushabhvardhan Patel (46) from 35 balls including six boundaries and a couple of maximums.

Patel’s dismissal brought in Singh whose partnership with Obuya produced a healthy 101 runs which shuttered any ambitions of Malaysia restricting Kenya XI to a gettable target. This feat from the splash duo moved Kenya XI's total from 84 to 185 in just 21 overs.

The fantastic pair was separated when Obuya was bowled off an attempted sweep, off the bowling of Virandeep Singh who finished with 2 for 61.

The return of Khizar Hayat 36 runs later then accounted for the unlucky Singh who saw his attempted block pop back in to the bowlers hand for a soft dismissal to leave Kenya at 220 for 5. 67 more runs were added before all batsmen were dismissed one ball shy of the full quota of overs.

In reply, Malaysia got off to a great start in pursuit of Kenya’s total at 104 for 2 by the completion of the 21st over. However, the departure of Ahmad Faiz on 54 trapped leg brought Kenya back in the game and they seized their opportunity to put a strangle hold on the match and claim a second victory in two days inside 40 overs.

At Simba Union Harshvardhan’s 50 was not enough as Kenya Select went down to Oman by 7 wickets. Put in to bat by the Middle East nation, Kenya Select scored 184 all out in 42.1 overs, while Oman made light work of that chase to cruise home in 28.5 overs thanks to a quick 71 from opener Khawar Ali.

Tuesday is a rest day for all team and action resume on Wednesday May 17 when Kenya XI entertain Singapore at Nairobi Jafferys as Oman and Malaysia lock horns at Simba Union Club.