Kenya bites the dust

September 22, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, September 22 – Pakistan Academy cricket team beat Kenya by an innings and 82 runs in their second four-day international match at the Mombasa Sports Club on Monday.

The victory gave the Pakistan nationals a 2-0 series win as they had also triumphed in last week’s match by four wickets in Nairobi.

Pakistan’s batsmen were in peak form in their first innings garnering a massive 665 for two in 150.3 overs before they declared on Sunday. Fawad Alam and Raheel Majeed scored triple centuries each to push the tourists to the brink of victory.

Faced with a huge first innings target, Kenya was unable to respond and were 374 all out in 93.2 overs in the second innings. The hosts had scored 209 all out in 79.5 overs in the first innings.

Morris Ouma scored put up a sterling effort with the bat in the second innings scoring 123 off 166 balls, which included 15 fours and a six before he was caught by Khurram Manzoor. 

Captain Steve Tikolo and Thomas Odoyo notched 63 and 60 respectively before Ali Asad and Yaseer Shah claimed their scalps.

There was no such joy for the rest of the batsmen who failed to cope with the Pakaistan attack in the stifling heat.

Pakistan’s bowlers Yaseer Shah claimed four wickets for 93 runs while Mohammed Talha ended with figures of 3 for 97. Anwer Ali, Junad Khan and Ahmed Shezhed each claimed a wicket each.

In the first innings, Steve Tikolo top scored with 108 but Kenya were bowled out for 209.
Kenya slipped to 86 for 7 before Tikolo steadied the ship aided by Hiren Varaiya who knocked a priceless 24.

The two teams return to the same venue on Thursday for a one-day international before moving to Nairobi for two more one-day international matches on Saturday and Sunday.


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