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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Kenyans triumph

Collins Obuya during a past tournament. /COURTESY
Collins Obuya during a past tournament. /COURTESY
A second century by Collins Obuya’s in three games helped Kenya XI maintain their grip in the ongoing cricket series with a 41-runs win on Duckworth Lewis over Singapore at Nairobi Jafferys yesterday.
Obuya scored an unbeaten 109 as Kenya XI, featuring the bulk of the national team players, producing another impressive batting performance of the series after posting 275 runs for six from their 50 overs.
Chasing the target, the visitors had lost only four wickets for 136 runs in 36 overs before the skies opened up, forcing the match to be stopped. At this time, Singapore were behind on run-rate by 41 runs, thus earning Kenya XI the win. Obuya’s century, which came off 94 balls followed his 101 not out against Oman, which handed Kenya a three-wicket win on Sunday.
Setting the daunting target, Anish Paraam had given his side a solid foundation on their chase with an unbeaten half century (70) before the rains forced the umpires to call off the first meeting between the Afro-Asia countries.
Abraham Vadada earlier made 65 balls 33 to provide support to Obuya, who hit seven fours and four sixes in his third ODI century. After winning the toss, the Kenyan side had a horrific start, losing Dhiren Gondaria for two in the third over.
Vadada and Rushabh Patel added on 70 for the second wicket in 15 overs before the stand was broken when Paraq Dahiwal had Patel caught on 38 runs.
This opened up for a third wicket stand of 21 runs in four overs between Vadada and Obuya. Vijaya Selladorre ended the stand to pave way for a fourth wicket stand of 69 runs between the former national team skipper and Gurdeep Singh.
Singh failed to capitalise on his good start by falling on 32 with 13 overs to go. From 165 for 4, the Kenyans were on 167 for 6, three balls later when Anantha Krishna picked his double by dismissing Nelson Odhiambo for one.
Shem Obado (12) partnered with Obuya and got Kenya XI close to double century before falling. Lucas Oluoch (31 not out) finally stuck in for the remaining nine overs cracking three sixes and same number of fours as Obuya got his second century in three days in an unbeaten stand of 87 runs. Singapore lost their first wicket for 30 runs after seven overs when Odhiambo dismissed Navin Paraam. Anish added on 51 with Arjun Mutraza in 12 overs before Obado bowled the opener on 30 ball. Singapore lost two more wickets for 28 runs to Pushpak Kerai but Anish looked set to salvage something from the match until when the rains cut him short.

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