Karim and Otieno Steer Kenya To Win Over Canada In Dubai
Youngster Irfan Karim and seamer Elijah Otieno shone with the bat and ball respectively as Kenya defeated Canada by six wickets in the first One-Day International of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship.
After Otieno returned impressive figures of four for 33 to restrict Canada to 227 for eight in 50 overs, Kenya rode on Karim’s 65 runs from 108 balls to complete the match with 14 balls to spare at the at the Global Cricket Academy Oval 1 in Dubai on Monday. Unlike in the previous matches of the event, Kenya batsmen put on a good show in the middle with all the five batsmen getting past the 20 runs mark.
Karim and Alex Obanda gave Kenya what looked like a good start putting on 36 for the first wicket before Obanda was caught at slips on 26 from 24 balls. Karim then added on 95 for the second wicket with Ouma.
The two batted cautiously rotating strike more often to give Kenya an edge in the match. Ouma faced 66 balls finding the fence thrice before he was trapped lbw by Hiral Patel with scores on 131. Karim and Collins Obuya got the scores to 167 before Karim finally perished to a catch of Henry Osinde with 14 overs left having only managed five boundaries.
The captain added 18 with Tanmay Mishra (24) before he became the fourth and last wicket of the inning having made 34 from 35 balls.
Mishra and Rakep Patel (20 not out) scored the winning runs for Kenya with Patel ending the match with a four.
After being put to field, Otieno struck in the first ball of the second over of the inning removing Hiral Patel for a duck. He hit the Canadian again this time getting the wicket of danger man Nitish Kumar for 6 to leave them struggling at 26 for 2 in 5.4 overs.
Opener Ruvindu Gunasekera (72) and Raza-ur-Rehman (70) powered Canada to 132 for 4 in a stand of 69 runs for the fourth wicket before Rageb Aga broke the stand by trapping Gunasekera. Rehman who raced to his half century (70) off 83 balls was Otieno’s third wicket when he was caught by Collins Obuya with scores on 223.
Otieno then struck in the next over when he had Limbada caught on 30 off 31 balls for his fourth wicket. Nehemiah Odhiambo (2/38) and Hiren Varaiya (1/44) were the other wicket takers for Kenya.
The two teams meet at the same day (Wednesday 13 March 2013) in the second and last One day match. The matches are being used as qualifiers for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.