15 July 2015
Rakep Patel leads Kenya to 42-run win
Narendra Patel picks up four to bundle out UAE for 105 as team join Afghanistan at the top of the table
Rakep Patel, the captain, led from the front with a 27-ball 50 in Kenya's 147 for 5 in 20 overs. Once UAE's chase went awry in the first six overs, there was little the middle order could do to salvage the match as it was bowled out for 105 in 17.2 overs to slip to its fourth loss in five matches.
There was hope at the start though as Mohammad Naved, the medium pacer, struck twice to reduce Kenya to 36 for 2 at the end of the Power Play overs. But Narendra Patel ensured Kenya didn't slip into damage control mode as he hit boundaries at will in his 29-ball 42.
Collins Obuya, the allrounder, held the innings together in the middle overs with a lively 38-ball 37, but the trigger for the final onslaught came from Rakep. The captain stroked three fours and as many sixes in his half-century before being dismissed off the final ball courtesy Nasir Aziz's direct hit to give Kenya momentum going into the break.
Rakep was pleased with the way his side stepped up and said he would continue to bat aggressive in the rest of the matches. "It was a do or die for us to stay in the competition and we just believed in each other," he said. "I had to bat aggressively to take the team through and I'm looking do that in every innings."
Only two of UAE's top five crossed 20 in a chase that needed at least one batsman to bat right through. Faizan Asif made a solid 21, but it wasn’t until Shaiman Anwar's arrival that UAE started to push. Anwar, who came in at No. 5, top scored with a 15-ball 25.
But the top order collapse meant UAE's challenge fizzled out. The last five wickets fell for just 28 runs with Narendra Patel picking up four wickets to walk away with top honours in an impressive victory.
“The way the wicket was playing I thought we got quite a good score and we could defend it with the bowling attack we have," said Narendra.
With three wins in five matches, only net run-rate separated Kenya from table topper Afghanistan, who was pipped earlier in the day by Oman.
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