Alex Obanda made his return to the XI with Maurice Ouma further promoted to open the batting alongside, rival for the wicketkeeping duties, Kennedy Otieno. Seren waters was the man making way at the top of the order as the bowling unit remained largely the same. As it was Obanda hradly got to face a delivery as Kenya marched home in style chasing a paltry 80 runs in 12 overs to win by 9 wickets. to do their net runrate a world of good
Batting first, the arabs were no match for the Kenyan pace attack led by Lameck Onyango, who collected career best list A bowling figures of 6 wickets for 14 runs of his ten overs allocation. Only two UAE batsmen got into double figures as their team collapes in a heap 79 all out in 30 overs.
Opening once again Maurice Ouma finished what Lameck had started blasting 50 off 38 deliveries to deliver Kenya to the brink of victory before getting out lbw with only 10 runs to go.
An especially comfortable victory for Kenya means that in the highly unlikely event that the Dutch slip up against the rest of the cannon fodder in the group Kenya may yet emerge top and if Kenya mop up the rest of the oppiosiyion with this kind of proffesionalism they may yet nullyfy the disadvantage of losing their opening match against the Dutch.
Kenya now have a rest day before they take on the tournament’s media darlings Afghanistan, who whilst may not be as strong as the Dutch will certainly be a sterner test that the UAE today.