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Kenya hopes to bounce against Canada in I Cup

After suffering comprehensive defeats against United Arab Emirates, Ireland and Namibia, Kenya will look to bounce back when they take on bottom-placed Canada in the fifth round of the ICC Intercontinental Cup at the Global Cricket Academy, Dubai on Monday.

Kenya have not had a good run in the event and its hoped that their Africa  Twenty20 title in Uganda will give them a morale boost against a side that is struggling but have always been giving Kenya a run for their money whenever the two sides meet. 

In the three matches they have lost, Kenya looked poised to win against Ireland but threw away the match when they failed to stick on the wicket for long even after bowling out for small scores. They lost the match by 10 runs on a running wicket at Mombasa Sports Club in February last year.

In their first match against UAE, Kenya fielded a weak side thanks to contract disagreement between the then board and the players. The visitors took advantage of that and handed Kenya a heavy defeat.

Against Namibia in September inconsistency among batsmen showed up and Kenya failed by an inning to the hosts in Windhoek.

In that match Kenya could score only 304 and 325 all out in both innings. No other batsman except Tamnay Mishra (108 and 51), Collins Obuya (56) and Irfan Karim (59) could move up to half centuries.

The bowlers too simply did not know how to bowl at a marauding Gerrie Snyman who made a double century (201) and Gerrie Williams (140) who ended up winning the match for the South African side. 

Kenya will need batsmen led by captain Obuya, experienced Maurice Ouma, Rakep Patel and Mishra to be in the best form, which could be capitalized later on by the likes of Irfan Karim, Alex Obanda and Duncan Allan.

Experienced duo of pacemen Nehemiah Odhiambo and Elijah Otieno and spinners Hiren Varaiya and James Ngoche would have to take the responsibility against the desperate Canadians.

Kenya has 22 points from four matches and so they will desperately be seeking a maiden win in this edition.  

But for that they would have to play out of their skins.

The ICC Intercontinental Cup is a cricket tournament organized by the ICC as part of its cricket development programme. It is designed to allow Associate Members of the ICC the chance to play first class cricket matches against teams of similar skill in a competition environment and prepare them for eventual promotion to Test cricket status.