Kenya vs. Canada (Intercontinental Cup) Day 2

Resuming on 8/1 after a decidedly shaky start to their reply with David Obuya and Hiren Varaiya at the crease Kenya and the media men were already calling day 1 a disasterand although Kenya were indeed in a bit of a pickle at the start of play on day two that day one could hardly be described a disaster for Kenya considering that they had got Canada out for a relativly small 1st innings total and they still had every chance of putting up a decent lead as long as their batsmen did the right thing.

Moving into play on day 2 Canada were quick to remove night watchman Hiren Varaiya with left arm seamer Umar Bhatti again doing the damage to have Kenya at 8/2 but even they may ahev ended up regretting this as on to the crease a fiery 19 year old Alex Obanda who put on a veritable master-class in how to play the drive shot in his whirlwind 70 ball 83 that helped add 122 runs for the third wicket completely dispelling any fears that the poor batting displays that had plagued Kenya since the World Cup would return to haunt them. All the while David Obuya, who had recovered from taking a direct hit the day before while fielding to open the bating,
continued to accumulate runs and reached his own fifty from 106 deliveries. As had beenthe case with the Canadian innings there was little joy for the Canadian seam bowlers and it took the intervention of Sunil Dhaniram’s left arm spin to break the Obanda-Obuya axis at the crease. Nonetheless Obanda’s innings had decisevely changed the direction of the game and after useful contributions from captain Steve Tikolo and Collins Obuya Kenya were able to nudge ahead of Canada’s 1st innings total with 4 wickets in hand with Thomas Odoyo and Jimmy Kamande at the crease

It was at this stage that Thomas Odoyo really turned on the fireworks blasting his way with the aid of Kamande , and Nehemiah Odhiambo to his first First Class century and effectively taking the session if not the game away from The Canadiadians to finish unbeaten on 103. Although they eventually bowled Kenya out for 393 at th end of play, that a number of chances in the slip cordon were put down will be of concern to the Canadian team as they look to overturn a deficit of 130 in their second innings and try make a fight of this contest.

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