Spin attack helps Kenya decimate Tanzania

Kenya were twice lucky to beat Tanzania by seven wickets in their afternoon encounter at the Gahanga International Cricket Stadium to complete a perfect 2/2 swoop on day 2 of the ICC Africa T20 Regional Final.

Skipper Shem Ngoche gave credit to his batters for the clean run chases in both feats on a day that begun with Kenya in third place after losing to Tanzania by 49 runs overnight. “For now we are just taking it a game at a time. Losing yesterday’s match gave us pause and we knew that we had to look after our run rate. Credit goes to our batters for the manner in which they have played today,” stated the skipper after the match.

In a much improved bowling and fielding show, Kenya bowled out their Southerly neighbours for 101 runs in 17 overs, a contrast from the 187 runs they put up the previous evening. The Ngoche brothers struck early, the skipper picking Abhik Patwa and Ivan Selemani for nought first up. Elder sibling Nehemiah quickly dealt with Arshan Jasani (1) who had been a thorn in their first encounter with an unbeaten 90 runs, having him feather his first ball to Karim.

Nassoro top scored for Tanzania with 42 runs

Effectively 3/1, Kassim Nassoro took on the Kenyan bowlers, flooring three boundaries and two maximums to add a much needed 42 runs to the total. Together with their sub Regional Qualifier hero Jitin Singh (21), the two added half a century of runs before the new golden boy Vraj Patel picked up the ball outside the powerplay.

Patel cleaned up the middle order starting with both set batters to earn himself a man of the match 3/17 off his entire allotment. Jitin Singh was the first to fall, stumped by Karim in the seventh over, while SanjayKumar Thakor and Kassim Nassoro perished four balls apart in the 13th over, the latter perishing to a running catch by Sukhdeep Singh on the ropes.

The skipper backed up his spinning battalion with an impressive 2/12 while Rakep Patel scalped 2/7 from his two overs.

Alex Obanda continued from where he left off in the morning, getting Kenya’s run chase going with a couple of towering maximums and boundaries alike, posting 22 runs from just 11 balls before being bowled by Riziki Kiseto as he attempted one too many. Rushab Patel soldiered on, adding a run-a-ball 24 runs inclusive of three boundaries before Collins Obuya also went manic with 28 from just 14 balls, a man on a mission with three boundaries and two maximums to his name.

By the time Rakep Patel was coming to the crease in the 12th over, only 8 was required which he made quick work of, striking a maximum to post the winning runs with 45 balls to spare.

With the win, Kenya picked their third win to go top of the table while Tanzania slid down to third place behind Uganda with two wins under their belt.

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