Obanda inspires Kenya


NAIROBI, Kenya, February 11- Kenya bounced back from their shock loss to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to race to a nine wicket victory over Canada on Wednesday.

Maurice Ouma’s call to field after winning the toss was an inspired one as his side restricted the North Americans to 138 with Nehemiah Odhiambo wieghing in with three wickets.

Canada once again lost John Davison in the first over but recovered to reach 138-9 with captain Ashish Bagai top scoring on 36.

The target proved too small for a punishing Alex Obanda (79) and Steve Tikolo (50) who put on 126 runs for the first wicket off only 76 balls to lay the foundation of a convincing victory.

Obanda scores came from 48 balls that included 11 fours and a six with his half-century coming off only 23 balls.

Obanda joins Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka, Chris Gayle of the West Indies and New Zealand’s Aaron Redmond who share the record of the quickest T20 International half-century from 23 balls.

Tikolo was also ruthless when he hit five fours and a six from 36 deliveries.

While the UAE has qualified from Group B, the winner from the Kenya and the Netherlands match in Abu Dhabi on Thursday afternoon will decide which is the other team that goes through to the Super Four stage which will played in Dubai on Friday and Saturday.