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Steep learning curve as Kenyan boys lose second match to Pakistan Under-19

Meanwhile, the Kenya U-19 Women's team began their Africa Junior Girls Cricket Championship in Tanzania with wins over Botswana and Rwanda


KENYA Under-19 team lost their second fixture of the five-match series with Pakistan by a massive 295 runs on Sunday at Nairobi Gymkhana.

It was yet another steep learning curve for the local lads who had lost the opening tour match at the same venue by 139 runs on Saturday.

Full control

The Pakistan Under-19 won the toss and elected to bat. Opener Zeeshan Malik was involved in two stands that gave the visitors full control of the game and earned him the man-of-the-match award with 154 runs from 118 balls.

Malik had a first wicket stand of 102 with Sajawal Riaz before the latter fell on 39 runs to Paramveer Singh. Malik then partnered his captain Saud Shakeel for a second wicket stand of 154.

Aggressive

Malik was caught by Adarsh Sajwani off Sachin Bhudia when on 154, a total that was pushed by 14 fours and five sixes. Shakeel would go on to add 82 before falling to Sachin Bhudia. The visitors put up a total of 372 runs on the board at the end of the 50 overs.

In reply, Kenya had the uphill task of dealing with the aggressive Pakistani bowling. Kavi Dosaja on 15, Gurudeep Singh with 13 and Rahul Seedhar with 11 were the only Kenyans to make double figures.

Restricted

Shahabul Khan and Awais Iqbal took three wickets each, Shakeel two, and Muhammad Mubashir one as they restricted Kenya to 77 all out in 29.1 overs for the 295 run win.

The teams take a rest on Monday and play the third 50 over match at the Nairobi Jaffreys Club [Lavington] on Tuesday.

Dominanat

In the opening tour match at Gymkhana on Saturday, a dominant batting display by Pakistan Under-19 saw them beat hosts Kenya by 139 runs.

Pakistan, inspired by 88 runs from 89 by man-of-the-match Shaheed Khan put up 290 runs for the loss of nine wickets in nine overs before restricting Kenya to 151 all out in 44.2 overs.

Bowled

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Pakistan got onto the front foot with Zeeshan Malik and Sajawal Riaz putting up 41 runs on the board in six overs. Malik was the first to fall on 21 runs after being bowled by Sachin Bhudia.

Pakistan skipper Saud Shakeel came in to push Riaz but he fell on 11 runs to Sachin Bhudia’s ball that he sent to Mohammed Kalyan. Riaz was next to fall after seeing his bails fly off Paramveer Singh’s delivery with 78 on the board after 14.5 overs. Singh got his second wicket after getting Aqib Javed to nick the ball to Kenya’s wicket keeper Kavi Dosaja to put the score at 92/4.

Short

A 137 run fifth wicket stand of Imran Rafiq and Shaheed Khan that lasted one ball short of 26 overs pushed the score to 229 before Khan fell to a Snehil Gajaparia ball that was directed to Paramveer Singh on 88 runs.

Khan’s 88 came off 89 balls and included six fours that earned him the man-of-the-match award.

Rafik fell one over later on 66 off 100 balls to grant Gajaparia his second wicket of the day.

Duck

Gajaparia got his hat-trick on 47.2 overs when he bowled Shahbaz Javed and followed it up with the dismissal of Shahabul Khan for a duck a ball later. His fifth came in the last over, the scalp being Ahmed Bashir. Awais Iqbal and Saif Ali pushed the innings to the end to give the visitors a total of 290 runs for the loss of nine wickets.

Snehil Gajaparia was the pick of the Kenyan bowlers with five wickets from 10 overs while conceding 49 runs. Paramveer Singh and Sachin Bhudia took two scalps each.

Struggled

In reply, Kenya got to a slow start losing Dosaja to a run out by Awais Iqbal in the first over. Kenya captain Gurdeep Singh was caught behind by Shahbaz Javed off Ahmed Bashir’s batting. Kenya, with a run rate of three, struggled against the superior bowling losing Rahul Seedhar, Shyam Rabadia Atharva and Dennis Musyoka to leave the hosts at 85 for 6 at 28.4 overs.

Mohammed Kalyan came in at No. 5 and steadied the Kenya ship with a team best 44 from 54 balls before he fell in the 40th over. Ghautam Bhudia and Snehal Gajaparia put in a tenth wicket stand of 25 before Bhudia fell to Awais Iqbal.

Girls championship

Saud Shakeel topped the Pakistan bowling with three wickets for 38 runs. Saif Ali Ghuri took two wickets while Ahmed Bashir, Shahabul Khan, and Awais Iqbal had one each.

Meanwhile, the Kenya Under-19 Women’s team began their Africa Junior Girls Cricket Championship in Tanzania with wins from their first two matches against Botswana and Rwanda on Sunday.

Batted

Kenya beat Botswana by 16 runs in the morning’s T20 match. The Kenyan girls batted first and put on 110 for the loss of two wickets in 20 overs. Daisy Wairimu top scored with 44 not out.

Opener Quinter Awuor contributed 26, Roseline Awuor 12 and Emily Wambui two.

Botswana replied with Jacqueline Kgang and Shameelah Mosweo scoring 27 and 24 runs.

Inspired

Botswana’s charge was largely halted by run outs that restricted them to 94 in 20 overs giving Kenya a 16 run win. In the afternoon match, Kenya put up 97 runs in 20 overs inspired by Wairimu’s unbeaten 41.

In reply, Rwanda were 21 all out in 11.1 overs granting Kenya a 66 run win. Top wicket takers for Kenya were Emily Wanjiku and Cynthia Samba with two each while the fielding saw Rwanda fall to 3 run outs.

Kenya play Uganda and Mozambique in their third and fourth matches on Monday.

– Additional reporting By Cricket Kenya