Afghanistan goes down by 34 runs in second Twenty20 International
Kenya crushed Afghanistan by 34 runs to win their second Twenty20 International and square the two-match series at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday (October 11). The star of the Kenyan batting effort was Collins Obuya, the Kenyan skipper, who hit an unbeaten 60 to Kenya post 149, which proved too many for Afghanistan.
Choosing to bat after winning the toss, Kenya got off to a brisk start as both openers, Obuya and Nehemiah Odhiambo, put up 87 runs on the board. Odhiambo attacked Samiullah Shenwari, the leg-spinner, striking two sixes before being bowled for 41 in the tenth over. Afghanistan pegged Kenya back with wickets at regular intervals, but Obuya held fort, scoring his runs off just 49 balls.
Chasing 150, Afghanistan lost Mohammad Shahzad for 18 in the third over. Wickets continued to fall, but a 45-run stand between Afsar Zazai and Nawroz Mangal boosted Afghanistan to 68 in nine overs but soon the innings collapsed as other batsmen failed to get going and succumbed to pressure. Nawroz Mangal scored an aggressive 36 off 23 balls that included three sixes, but it went in vain.
Elijah Otieno, the right-arm medium fast bowler, finished with 3 for 16 in his four overs and was well supported by Obuya, who picked up 2 for 36.