Mepani galvanizes Kenya U19s to 14-run win


posted on Jan 27, 2018

Jayant Mepani produced a scintillating performance to hand Kenya under-19s an important 14-run win that helped them secure 15th place in the 2018 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup match played at the Rangiora Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Kenya who opted to bat after winning the toss found themselves in big trouble at 84 for seven at the halfway mark of their innings but Mepani (44 not out) combined well with Siddharth Vasudev (31) to catapult Kenya to 176 all out having used all their overs.

Mepani who faced 79 deliveries patiently built his innings by manipulating the field for ones and twos and together with Vasudev their 60-run partnership only produced two boundaries one for each, but it steadied the ship and gave the East Africans a total to defend.

An inspired bowling performance by opener Gerard Mwendwa (4/37) saw him snap up both openers in the first five overs of the inning, to further tilt the match in Kenya’s favour. PNG then stitched together a 54-run partnership, before man of the match Mepani (3/22) returned with the ball to break the Oceania nation’s heart, snapping up Ovia Sam (30) and Vagi Karaho (21) in a space of nine balls to hand the initiative back to Kenya.

Nou Rarua then held Kenya at bay with a well crafted 47, but Mwendwa came back to snap the chase when he had Rarua caught by Sukhdeep Singh and with him PNG hopes disappeared and one run later the win was confirmed as Ankit Hirani ran out Sema Kamea for nought.

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