Kenya ease past Scotland in T20 Qualifier

19 Nov

Paddle-sweep to the boundaryKenya 183/7 (20 overs), Obuya 36, Aga 52*, beat Scotland 91 all out (13.2 overs), Murphy 20, Tikolo 1.2-0-2-4 by 92 runs. [Scorecard]

Kenya dealt Scotland’s qualification hopes a real blow as they recorded a convincing victory at the ICC Global Cricket Academy on Tuesday.

Kenya won the toss and elected to bat first, and they got off to a flying start with Steve Tikolo taking 20 runs from 11 balls, before he was caught in the fourth over with the score on 45.

The runs kept coming for the Kenyans, with Odihambo striking 26, and when he was trapped LBW by Haq in 7 overs they already had 76 runs on the board.

Scotland looked like they might be able to claw back the good start with three wickets coming within the space of five runs.

Ragheb Aga then came to fore for Kenya as the Scotland bowlers struggled to hit their lines and length, and were duly punished.

Aga on his way to 50Aga launched a scathing attack, sending the ball to all parts of the ground; his unbeaten 52 came from only 25 deliveries, and included seven fours and a six.

Kenya finished their allotted 20 overs amassing 181/7. Majid Haq finished with Scotland’s best figures, taking 2/21.

It was always going to be a difficult total to chase, and apart from an encouraging start by Richie Berrington (19 from 12 balls) and Matt Machan (13 from 6 balls), Kenya ensured that wickets fell at regular intervals as the required run rate climbed.

Kyle Coetzer struck a brief 15 runs, but when a mix up between him and MacLeod resulted in MacLeod being run out, and Coetzer being bowled from the following delivery, the game was up for Scotland.

Steve Tikolo then claimed an astonishing four wickets, conceding only two runs, as Scotland slumped to 91 all out in 14 overs to hand Kenya the win by 92 runs.

After the game Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer said, “Kenya simply outplayed us in all departments.  They came out and batted really well and chanced their arm. In the run chase we got off to a reasonable start and then we just kept on losing wickets.

They should never have got as many as they did, but they did, and it made it hard for us to chase down.”

 Scotland’s next match will be against Papa New Guinnea on Thursday. 

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