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Tikolo, Aga script huge Kenya win

Scotland slips to 92-run defeat in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier game in Dubai

Tikolo, Aga script huge Kenya win - Cricket News
Steve Tikolo, the 42-year-old veteran, bowled a devastating spell of 4 for 2.
The 29th match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier ended with Scotland slumping to a huge 92-run defeat against Kenya at the ICC Academy grounds in Dubai on Tuesday (November 19).
Kenya got off to a steady start after winning the toss and choosing to bat, with Steve Tikolo and Alex Obanda, the opening batsmen, adding 45 runs in four overs. Collins Obuya, the captain, and Nehemiah Odhiambo continued the surge adding 21 runs in just two overs once the openers perished, as the Scotland bowlers struggled to curb the scoring rate.
Kenya was cruising at 81 for 4 when Iain Wardlaw struck twice in the ninth over to dismiss Morris Ouma and Thomas Odoyo. But Scotland could not capitalise on the situation as a late blitz from Ragheb Aga, the No. 8 batsman, ensured a solid total of 183 for 7 on the board. Aga blitzed 52 runs off 25 balls in his unbeaten innings which included seven boundaries and a six.
Scotland's chase suffered an early blow as Richie Berrington lost his wicket caught by Shem Ngoche off Odhiambo in the third over after a promising start, hitting two boundaries and a six in his 12-ball 19.
The next three overs saw Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod and Kyle Coetzer depart with Scotland reeling at 51 for 4 in 5.2 overs. Rob Taylor and David Murphy tried to consolidate the innings with a fifth-wicket partnership of 34 runs, the highest for the innings, before Tikolo, the 42-year-old veteran, bowled a devastating spell of 4 for 2 to bring an end to Scotland's hopes and seal a 92-run win.
Reflecting on the loss, Kyle Coetzer, the Scotland captain, said, “We were outplayed in all departments by Kenya today. If we have to win games we have to play better cricket than today’s disappointing performance.
“It is the danger of Twenty20 cricket when you go out and need to chase such a high total, you have to back yourself. If the ball would have landed in different gaps here and there never know we might have been in the game but we just got outplayed.”
Aga, who was named the Man of the Match for his half-century, said his hard work in the nets had paid off. “It was a good team performance. I am happy that I was able to contribute towards the end and get us a huge total. It was a great victory as it was a big game for us and we should gain good momentum now moving forward in the tournament,” he said.
“Winning in back-to-back matches always gets the spirit of the team high and I think if we focus well we can do really well in our upcoming few matches,” added Obuya.
Kenya will play Bermuda in its next Group B clash on Thursday while Scotland takes on European rivals Netherlands on Friday.

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