Thursday 21 March 2013 

First Win For Kenya As They Overcome Canada

First Win For Kenya As They Overcome Canada
First Win For Kenya As They Overcome Canada
© ICC / Zainab Malubhai
 

Kenya 408 (Patel 130) & 129-6 beat
Canada 358 & 175 by four wickets
ICC Intercontinental Cup, Dubai

Kenya beat Canada by four wickets to take their first victory in the 2011-13 ICC Intercontinental Cup competition in Dubai.

They chased down 129 for the loss of six wickets on the final day having established a first innings lead of 50 and then dismissed Canada for 175 in their second innings.

Kenya won the toss and opted to bowl first, but through Nitish Kumar (89) and Raza-ur-Rehman (51) were able to post 358 in their first innings.

In reply, Kenya overcame a shaky start when they were reduced to 95 for three to surge ahead as Rakep Patel hit 130, Tanmay Mishra scored 57 and Maurice Ouma made 45.

Canada lost two wickets in their second innings before they re-established the lead but although Hiral Patel stood firm to make 93 at the top of the order, the rest of the batting was swept aside by Kenya's bowling attack, leaving them a modest target to chase.

They made the worst possible start when Irfan Karim fell first ball to Henry Osinde but 35 from Duncan Allan helped them on their way, with Mishra anchoring the innings with 38 not out in 67 balls.

Although Collins Obuya (19), Patel (10) and Ouma (12) fell cheaply, Kenya got home with time to spare, James Ngoche unbeaten on four alongside Mishra.

The victory for Kenya lifts them two places into fifth in the table, now above United Arab Emirates, Netherlands and Kenya.

Standings: Ireland 76 points, Afghanistan 64, Scotland 46, Namibia 43, Kenya 42, UAE 33, Netherlands 30, Canada 10

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