Afghanistan take complete control against Kenya
ICC Media Release
Afghanistan gained complete control of their final ICC Intercontinental Cup league match against hosts Kenya at the Nairobi Gymkhana on Sunday. On an action-packed day when 19 wickets fell and close to 350 runs were scored, Afghanistan moved into pole position.
When stumps were drawn on the second day of the match, Afghanistan were placed at 166 for five wickets with an overall lead of 470 runs with two full days of play still left in the game.
Fast bowler Hamid Hassan bowled Afghanistan into a position of strength picking up 5-70. He was backed up by leg-spinner Samiullah Shenwari's spell of 3-9. Together the duo ran through the home team line-up to bowl them out for 160 in just 39.5 overs. The only notable contribution for Kenya came from opener Seren Waters (73: 95b, 12x4). The rest of the line-up collapsed without a fight handing Afghanistan an overall lead of 304 runs.
Earlier in the day, Kenya fast bowler Elijah Otieno picked up 4 for 62 to mop up Afghanistan innings for 464. The Afghan tail collapsed from an overnight score of 440 for six to 464. In their second innings Afghanistan were well served by opener Javed Ahmadi (55: 59b, 8x4). A middle-order collapse notwithstanding Afghanistan ended the day in complete control of the match.