Ashish Bagai’s 46-ball 48 goes in vain as Canada falls short
Kenya thrashed Canada by 21 runs in the eleventh-place play-off match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday (November 26).
Opting to bat first, Kenya’s openers Nehemiah Odhiambo and Steve Tikolo put on a partnership of 58 runs in 34 balls. Odhiambo was trapped in front of the stumps by Rizwan Cheema in the sixth over after scoring 15. Three balls later Raza-ur-Rehman struck, dismissing Tikolo, stumped by Ashish Bagai for a well made 23-ball 40. Collins Obuya and Duncan Allan then steadied the innings with a partnership of 35 runs in 6.3 overs.
Canada kept the run flow in check and with no significant lower-order partnerships, Kenya was restricted to 146 for 7 in its 20 overs. Rehman returned with figures of 2 for 16 in his four overs. Obuya helped Kenya reach a fighting total with a 36-ball 40, smashing three sixes along the way. Jeremy Gordon, also picked up two wickets in his three overs but leaked 30 runs.
Defending 146, Kenya got the much-required early breakthrough as Ragheb Aga dismissed both openers with just 17 on the board. Ngoche then ran out Usman Limbada, ending a 27-run partnership with Bagai as Canada further slipped to 44 for 3.
Bagai eased his way to a 46-ball 48 but lack of support from the other batsmen and regular strikes meant Canada folded for 125 in 19.2 overs. Aga finished with figures of 2 for 15 in his two overs.
Tikolo who was adjudged the Man of the Match said, “I am certainly happy with my performance but bit disappointed with the overall team’s performance, I thought we got ourselves in winning positions in our matches, but at the end of the day we have got ourselves to blame, we just could not finish the job.”
Canada’s coach Gus Logie expressed his disappointment over the team’s performance in this match. “We had Kenya for 50 odd for 1 in six overs and then we pulled them back to get a respectable total to chase, 147 runs by no means is a challenging total in this type of surface,” he said.
“At one particular stage we were doing pretty well but we lost wickets at crucial stages which was the inability in us to really handle the pressure situation."
"Pressure certainly got to us and in the end we succumbed to 21 runs defeat. So it was disappointing to lose the way we did I think we need to assess the situations better,“ he added.