Kenya vs. Canada (Intercontinental Cup) Day 3.

Considering the see-saw nature of the action on Day one with both teams having the bit between their teeth at some point it would have been a major surprise to any one that missed day two with Odoyo’s marvellously executed century as well as two top notch innings from David Obuya and Alex Obanda that Canada found themselves starting their second innings a whole 130 runs behind with two days left of play left to somehow salvage a positive result. Still Kenya needed to actually get ten wickets and then chase down whatever balance might be left over to seal the victory and if they took there eyes off the ball then this strong position could well be squandered.

As it panned out that wasn’t to be the case because by the end of the first over Canada were already 2 down with only 5 runs on the board as both their openers were removed by PJ Ongondo and with Alfred Luseno bowling with plenty of venom from the opposite end it seemed Canada could very well be embarrassingly rolled over, however some level headed batting from Bastiampillai and Quaser Ali, and then later onbegan the rebuilding process and help Canada clear the arrears with only 3 wickets lost and by the time Bastiampillai fell to the bowling of Tikolo on 63 and Canada on 165/4, Canada were looking in a strong enough position to go and set Kenya a daunting second innings target to chase but the players who had been reponsible for most of the runs in Canada’s first innings could not not repeat the trick as in the very next over Ashif Mulla nicked an Odhiambo outswinger to the wicket-keeper, Ouma before Kandappah misqued a Tikolo delivery six overs later to be dismissed for 87 and leave canada at 196/6 and eventually the return of Odoyo to the attack delivered the prize wicket of Sunil Dhaniram to leave Canada at 215/7

With their best batsmen now back in the pavillion Canada totteredto 229 all out with Tikolo being the pick of the bowlers getting figures of 4 for 34 with 5 maidens of his 16 overs. With just over 20 overs remaining in the day’s play and only 100 short of victory Morris Ouma and David Obuya set about polishing off the match with Ouma blasting fours off the first two deliveries he faced (a stark contrast to his golden duck in the first innings) bringing up his fifty in 49 deliveries and although Canada were able to get David Obuya’s wicket toleave Kenya at 80/1 by then ther seult was already a formality and the winning runs were duly knocked off 3 overs later when Ouma smashed Qaiser Ali down the ground for six to seal a comprehensive victory and give Kenya the maximum 20 points available for the Intercontinental cup. Another similarly comprehensive victory against Bermuda in November should put Kenya on top of the table as long as canada do not get more than 14 points in their game away to Namibia.

Match Scorecard (Cricinfo)

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