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Kenya seek to end Africa Div 1 show on high note

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY DUN OKINYO

KENYA look to end the Pepsi ICC Africa Division One tournament on a winning note today when they take on hosts Uganda at Lugogo Oval in Kampala.

The match, however, promises to be an uphill task for Kenya as they will be facing a side that beat them in the opener last weekend. Uganda are also yet to lose a match in the five-team event. Since their shocking loss to the hosts, Kenya have won all their six matches against Tanzania, Botswana and Nigeria and hope to carry the same form into today’s match.

Uganda won the opening match by 30 runs after Kenya made only 112 in their pursuit for 142, thus raising serious questions over their batting strength. Apart from two 90’s from Rakep Patel and Maurice Ouma and two 50’s from Rageb Aga and Collins Obuya, Kenya batting has not shown anything worth mentioning in the last six matches. For Kenya to succeed, they will have to pray that the top five batsmen Patel, Ouma, Obuya, Tanmay Mishra and Alex Obanda play their roles to the fullest.

None of the five batsmen seem to be in good form and that is why their respective performances haves been a one off. Ugandan batsmen have also not impressed and have largely relied on their bowlers to carry them through. Like Kenya, Uganda has at times opened their bowling with spinners.

Kenya captain Obuya says the match is important to them but is wary of the team saying playing the defending champions at home has always been difficult.

“They are a difficult team to play in their own backyard. (But) once we go out and execute our team plan, we are quite confident that we will be victorious,” Obuya said. “We look at the Uganda team, they have a few seasoned players and experienced players and we are going to come up with the right plan to go out and compete against them.”