Saturday 1 September 2007 

Bangladesh Hit The Ground Running In Nairobi

Kenya 138-6 (Mishra 38, Abdur Razzak 2-23) v
Bangladesh 139-5 (Nazimuddin 43, Ashraful 36, Ongondo 2-17) in Nairobi
Bangladesh won by five wickets

Bangladesh effected a competent all-round display as they hurried to a well-constructed five-wicket win over Kenya in the second match in the four-nation Twenty20 tournament in Nairobi.

Their run chase got off to a brilliant start, thanks to Nazimuddin, promoted to open, who hit 43 in 36 balls and then Aftab Ahmed hit 17 off 6 to set the Tigers on their way.

Captain Ashraful's knock occupied 20 balls and broke the back of any Kenyan resitance - there were two wickets for Peter Ongondo in an impressive spell, but their total gave the bowlers little chance in what was their Twenty20 International debut.

After witnessing Pakistan's ruthless demolition of Uganda earlier in the day, the Kenyan batsmen were unable to hit the same heights with Tanmay Mishra top scoring with 38 from 41 balls as Kenya were forced to rebuild after a Mashrafe Mortaza double strike early on.

Steve Tikolo (24) and Thomas Odoyo (22) hit cameos to push Kenya's score past the 100 mark, but even for a side as inexperienced as Bangladesh that total shouldn't prove too much of an obstacle.

Along with Mortaza, Abdul Razzak and Farhad Reza also picked up two wickets.

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