ICC Media Release
A century from Thomas Odoyo and five wickets from Hiren Varaiya has put Kenya on the verge of securing the points for an innings lead after day two of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match against the United Arab Emirates at Sharjah Stadium on Tuesday.
Odoyo resumed in the morning unbeaten on 79 and duly delivered the goods, registering the second first-class century of his career and ending up with 137 before finally being dismissed, clean bowled by Khurram Khan.
In all, Odoyo faced 272 deliveries in a classy innings that included nine fours and four sixes. It was the stand-out contribution for Kenya as the team amassed 326 all out and with the UAE struggling to 185-8 by the close of play, Steve Tikolo's men are very much in control, 141 runs ahead.
Photo shows UAE's Shoaib Sarwar bowling to centurion Thomas Odoyo.
The UAE bowlers had stuck well to their task with Arshad Ali and Fahad al Hashmi picking up three wickets apiece and Khan snaffling two. But 326 was always going to be a competitive total on what was a true, but somewhat slow, Sharjah pitch.
And so it proved. Left-arm spinner Varaiya bowled beautifully in the winter sunshine, taking 5-50 in 23 overs, the fourth five-wicket haul of the 23-year-old's first-class career.
Indeed, crucially it was Varaiya who made the breakthrough for Kenya. UAE had started well with Rashid Khan (38) and Arshad (34) putting on 67 for the first wicket but then Varaiya struck three times in quick succession to have the host in trouble at 78-3. After that only number seven batsman Amjad Ali offered resistance and he remains not out overnight on 37.