Kenya U19s fall to Canada in opening warm up match in Christchurch

posted on Jan 09, 2018

The Kenya National Under-19 Cricket team on Tuesday lost its first warm-up match against fellow Associates Canada by eight wickets at Hagley Park, Oval 4, in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Kenya claimed the toss and opted to bat against the Canadians that they had overcome in their final warm-up match in Sydney, Australia before jetting into New Zealand on January 7. However, it was the Canadians who dictated terms in this encounter to leave Kenya in all sorts of trouble at 45 for 4 at the end of 16 overs.

Canadian openers Rishiv Joshi and Faisal Jamkhandi picked two wickets a piece for 14 and 30 runs conceded respectively, Joshi snared Rene Were for nought before cleaning up Aman Gandhi on 12. Sukhdeep Singh, batting at three could only manage seven runs before becoming one of Jamkandhi victims.

Aveet Desai briefly held hopes of a Kenyan revival as he scored a 92-ball 40, but his efforts were in vain as he lacked sufficient support around the rest of the top order to make his stay count.

Sachin Bhudia’s 22 and Jasraj Kundi 39 were the other batters to cross the 20-run mark as Kenya folded for 164 which Canada chased with 17.5 overs to spare. Maxwel Ager and Abhishekh Chidambaran were the two bowlers to pick a wicket each for Kenya.