Afghanistan Complete 167-Run Win Over Kenya
Afghanistan 464 (Nawroz Mangal 168) & 207 (Ngoche 5-39) beat
Kenya 160 (Hamid Hassan 5-70) & 344 (D Obuya 79) by 167 runs
ICC Intercontinental Cup, Nairobi
Afghanistan completed their ICC Intercontinental Cup campaign with a 167-run win over Kenya that saw them finish on top of the standings ahead of their final against Scotland in Dubai in November.
Kenya were bowled out for 344 on the final day having been set an unlikely 512 to win - Afghanistan having taken control of the match by scoring 464 and then dismissing Kenya for 160 in the first innings.
Captain Nawroz Mangal led by example, scoring 168, while Mirwais Ashraf (80), Mohammad Shahzad (72) and Karim Sadiq (55) also scored half-centuries before Elijah Otieno returned four for 44.
Hamid Hassan then returned five for 70 and Samiullah Shenwari three for nine as Kenya crumbled in reply, Seren Waters' 73 at the top of the order the only resistance for the home side.
Batting again, Javed Ahmadi scored 55 and James Ngoche took five for 39 as Afghanistan scored 207 in their second innings to set Kenya a mammoth fourth-innings target.
Although David Obuya (79), Maurice Ouma (68), Steve Tikolo (55) and Collins Obuya (52) all scored half-centuries, their task was too much and their score of 344 saw them fall well short as Hassan completed a fine game by returning six for 87 in the final innings of the match.
Afghanistan meet Scotland in the five-day final, in Dubai, from 25th November.
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