Logwin Simbas were left ruing dropped catches as they went down by 14 runs to Kifaru Chargers in the Maniwa Cup Twenty20 Tournament that is currently ongoing at the Nairobi Gymkhana grounds.
Simba’s skipper Nitin Arvind stated that the six catches his side dropped after being asked to field was the big difference between his side opening their winning account or staring at an elimination in the second edition of the four team event.
“We were poor on the field and at the end of it we ended up chasing 180 runs to win. If we would have held on to those catches, it is obvious we would be talking about a different story. All said and done, that has happened and we are left playing with the fate of others to see if we have any chance,” Arvind said after his side was restricted to 165 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs.
Raj Shetty was the star batter for Kifaru with 60 off 33 balls which included three sixes and six fours. He came in the middle when the board was on 47 for 3 after the skipper had been trapped lbw for 22 after seven overs.
He went on to share a fifth wicket stand of 78 with Vijay Kumar that got the scores to 125 with five overs to go.
After the dismissal of Kumar, Shetty continued with his impressive knock to get his side to a respectable total after putting on tail end stands with Lenson D’Souza (16) and Tamish Sharma (10).
In reply, Simba had the best start they could have wished for with such a target on their hands, only to fail in the middle.
Their opener, Anand Ranganathan was the most brutal in the opening pair that yielded 56 from 5.5 overs with a 26 ball – 37.
He pounced on the Kifaru bowlers with much ease, turning his opening partner Narayan Prasad into a spectator.
From 56 for 0 after 5.4 overs, Ndovu folded to 68 for 3 only three overs later thanks to Kumar’s triple scalps.
Phillp Richard and Subramaniam Moorthy tried to salvage the chase with a fourth wicket stand of 31 runs but as soon as the pair was broken in the 14th over, the run rate kept on surging despite Jolet Abraham’s unbeaten 33 off 17 balls.
Kumar ended his brilliant bowling display with 3 for 2 to pile on the misery for Logwin Simba as Kifaru charged on with their second win in as many matches.