Kenya turned out poorly in the second match of the ‘Derby Trophy’ One Day series, bundled out for just 85 runs in 29 overs to gift Uganda a nine – wicket series’ equalizing win.
The visitors’ scorecard read like a code word puzzle as Uganda’s premier left arm quick made good his selection with 4/15 from seven overs to rip through the squad that fronted three debutants, even if that meant resting their overnight top performers in Alex Obanda, Irfan Karim, Nehemiah Ngoche and Nelson Odhiambo.
While Kenya was keen to field their inexperienced players, Coach Mahatlane opted for experience after yesterday’s 78 – run thrashing and slotted in the new ball speedsters – Jonathan Ssebanja and left arm quick Charles Waiswa; the hard hitting Dinesh Nakrani, Ronak Patel and Saud Islam.
Stephen Obuya never looked confident up against Waiswa’s speed, facing only two peppery deliveries on debut before feathering the third to Fred Achelam off a cross bat for nought.
Gurdeep Bhagat turned out less lucky than he was yesterday, only managing 11 runs from his 36 deliveries before perishing akin to his opening partner and this time courtesy of a returning Jonathan Sebanja. With the score on 2 – 22, Brian Likavu came up to the firing line to witness Sebanja’s trot up to the crease only three times before Saud ended his debut with a diving catch at third man for no run.
Effectively 3 – 22, Rushab Patel and Zahid Abbas tried to stitch together the innings but only Patel got going, tucking away 30 runs from 37 balls inclusive of five boundaries by the time he was dismissed in the 17th over. His 35 – run partnership was the most productive of the innings, the scoreboard on 4 – 57 when he departed.
Kenya lost wickets in clusters from then on, with no other batsman making double figures when Charles Waiswa returned to wrap up the tail, rapping into the sticks of Emmanuel Ringera (8) to rattle his 28 – ball resilience and the third debutant Vraj Patel (0) in consecutive balls.
Jonathan Ssebanja was impactful in his first match of the series with 2/10 from 6 overs with Dinesh Nakrani also picking 2/35 from his seven.
Having effected five changes from their overnight squad, the run chase proved too easy for the hosts who only lost Shahzad Ukani as he attempted to slap one past the infield straight to Zahid Abbas at covers for 1. That only helped gift Emmanuel Ringera the sole wicket of the innings while only slowing down Uganda down to 1/22 in the 4th over as they cruised to a comfortable win.
Saud Islam (40 0ff 29) and Ronak Patel (35 off 38) looked quite comfortable chasing down the meagre score to get Uganda over the line in just 12. 1 overs.
The ‘Derby Series’ is now wide open with all to play for in the third and final match on 7th September.