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Tikolo stars in big Kenya win

Bermuda slumps to seven-wicket defeat in match truncated due to rain

Tikolo stars in big Kenya win - Cricket News
Tikolo picked up two wickets and then made an unbeaten 54 to win the match of the match award.
Kenya raced to a seven-wicket victory over Bermuda in the 39th match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament at the ICC Academy Ground No. 2 in Dubai on Thursday (November 21).
Put in, Bermuda was restricted to 124 for 7 in a match reduced to 18 overs a side due to rain, and Kenya replied with 125 for 3 in just 11.2 overs to complete a dominating win set up by a fine all-round performance by Steve Tikolo.
Tikolo picked up two wickets and then made an unbeaten 54 to win the match of the match award. "We needed to try and get the runs as quickly as possible and get a good start in the first six overs,” said Tikolo. “So I thought I should go for my shots in the Power Play overs and later on just knock it around to try and finish off the game.”
Bermuda lost its first wicket in the second over when Chris Douglas was caught by Tikolo off Shem Ngoche. David Hemp, batting at No. 5, top-scored with a 33-ball 30 but received little support at the other end.
Kenya's chase was rattled by Malachi Jones, the medium pacer, who dismissed Alex Obanda off the second ball of the innings for a duck. Tikolo and Nehemiah Odhiambo then went on the counter-attack, adding 56 off just 27 deliveries for the second wicket when Odhiambo fell for a 10-ball 28. Collins Obuya, the captain, kept the scoring rate up with an 18-ball 31 to see the African side through to a dominating win with nearly seven overs to spare.
"We badly needed this win,” said Obuya. “The weather got us little bit worried, but thankfully the rain stayed away once the match started. We managed to restrict Bermuda to a very low total which helped us to chase it down inside 12 overs which was really required for us to keep a healthy run rate.”
Kenya faces the Netherlands in its next match on Saturday while Bermuda takes on Nepal in the other Group B clash, also on the same day.

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