Kenya finally got a go at the World cricket league’s hottest news item when they played Afganistan. Having sensationally come all the way through 3 different qualifying tournaments winning all three and only losing two matches along the way, its was certainly going to be interesting how the new boys held up against Kenya, the most experienced ICC assiciate on the block. kenya’s lineup reamined largely unchanged from Thursday, with Maurice Ouma opening alongside Kennedy Otieno, Alex Obanda batting at number three and Seren Waters, once again missing out.
Having won the toss Afghanistan sent Kenya in to bat and though not batting rapidly, Kenya’s openers put on 87 for the first wicket before Ouma lost his wicket for 35 runs. However Kenya’s batting was looking far more solid with Obanda and Otieno taking the score to 175, before Obanda was caught and bowled by Norooz Mangal, having scored 60 off just 63 deliveries. Kennedy Otieno would go on to complete his first century of the tournament (an unbeaten 109 off 136) anchoring Kenya to a total of 282/5.
Afghanistan opened their innings on an aggressive note scoring 20 runs off the first three overs with Thomas Odoyo coming in for some heavy hitting. However Kenya struck back almost immediately when Ongondo had Karim Sadiq caught by Otieno fo 8. Odoyo then bowled Mohhameed Shezad for 4. Odoyo then went on to take the next two wickets trapping Shafiqullah on his crease lbw (25) and then forcing Norwoz Mangal to edge a delivery to wicketkeeper Maurice Ouma. From then on Kenya were pretty much in charge and the Afghans evntually subsided to 175 all out with tjhe only consolation being Mohammed Nabi’s 56 off 71 balls.
With the Dutch staring at a shock defeat against UAE, Kenya are back on the front foot in this group. Should the Arabs sneak through into the Super 8s together with the other likely teams in good form in the group to qualify (The Netherlands and Afghaistan) Kenya will start the Super 8s with at least 4 points in the bag. However,they have to make sure they do not slip up.