Patel summoned a measured half-century to give Kenya its opening win in Africa T20 Cup.


posted on Sep 09, 2017

A hale and hearty stand between Rakep Patel and Collins Obuya helped Kenya win its opening fixture of the Africa T20 Cup competition by 6 wickets against the Free State side.

Coming together with their side reeling on 33 for 3, the pair added 93 in 58 balls – the highest partnership in the history of Kenya at this competition – to set the platform for an imposing chase.

The result gave Kenya an outstanding opportunity to complete a treble of wins this season. Patel might also have felt he had a point to prove. He showed what a fine all-round cricketer he remains. Having picked 1/8 off his two overs

Patel (74 off 44 balls included 10 fours and 3 sixes), batted with calm imperiousness. Knowing his side could ill afford the loss of more wickets during the early part of his innings, he initially contented himself with punishing anything short or wide and as he settled, though, Patel became more expansive.

He was dismissed with Kenya needing just 26 off the final five overs, which Obuya and Gurdeep Singh managed without further harm. Obuya finished on 43 off 52 deliveries while Singh remained unbeaten on 8.