Kenya secure narrow win over Oman
Kenya have made it two wins from two at the World Twenty20 Qualifier after beating Oman by seven runs today at Myreside in Edinburgh.
Oman won the toss and chose to bowl first, and it looked to be the right decision at first as they managed to keep the Kenyan scoring rate down, especially once the spinners came on. They saved plenty of runs in the field too, looking quite lively at times, stopping a few certain boundaries.
Kenya started to get hold of things in the second half of their innings, as their batsmen finally managed to start hitting some big shots. Collins Obuya was the best of the bunch, bringing up his fifty from 34 balls with a six but he was caught three deliveries later trying to go for another.
That innings enabled Kenya to score 143-7 from their 20 overs, the total equal to that made by Canada against Kenya on this ground yesterday.
The Omani reply progressed initially very much along the lines of the Kenya innings, with the batsmen unable to find the gaps in the field. Jatinder Singh at one point looked like he was going to play a role similar to that of Collins Obuya, but was caught for 31 trying to hit a straight six.
Oman managed to score 16 from the last over, with Amir Ali taking his score to 30 from 20 balls. The final margin was a win by seven runs for Kenya as Oman reached 136-7, but in truth they were never really in the hunt. The difference was certainly Collins Obuya's innings, and he was the obvious choice for man of the match.
Oman will theoretically next be in action tomorrow when they take on Canada at Stirling, though the talk is that prospects for play are very slim due to the rain that the area has had in recent days. Kenya are due to play Afghanistan there in their next match on Monday.