Kenya all-rounder Thomas Odoyo showed no ill-effects of an injury he sustained in last week's match against Namibia as he scored an unbeaten 79 on day one of his team's ICC Intercontinental Cup match against the United Arab Emirates at Sharjah Stadium on Monday.

Odoyo, who is the reigning ICC Associate ODI Player of the Year, had been a doubt coming into this game with a foot injury but it did not hamper his progress. The 29-year-old came in when his side needed a little solidity in the middle order and along with Jimmy Kamande, he managed to turn 126-5 to 255-6 at the close.

With the previous batsmen scoring freely early in the day, Odoyo and Kamande recognised the need for a little circumspection and constructed rather than blasted their contributions. Kamande fell for 43 just before the close to give the UAE hope but Odoyo is still there, just 21 runs short of his second first-class century.

Earlier, captain Steve Tikolo had played with his usual fluency, hitting 13 fours on his way to a 75-ball 63. He was well supported by Maurice Ouma (18) and Alex Obanda (39) along the way.

The UAE bowlers stuck well to their task during the day on a Sharjah pitch that looked pretty true with little or no sideways movement. Arshad Ali bowled 22 overs and finished with figures of 2-27 while seamer Fahad al Hashmi (2-35) also played his part, removing both of Kenya's openers.

Kenya is still reeling after falling to a 101-run defeat to Namibia, also at Sharjah, last week and it has the look of a team not willing to let lightning strike twice in the same place.