Convincing warm-up win for Kenya
Kenya have got their World Cup warm-up campaign off to a good start today with a 49 run win over Afghanistan in Dubai.
The match didn't start to well for them though - batting first after losing the toss, they lost their first wicket without scoring when Hamid Hassan - opening the bowling in his first match as captain - bowled Seren Waters from the second ball of the match. Brothers David and Collins Obuya then recovered the innings with a 60 run partnership for the second wicket before David was dismissed for 18.
Collins put on a partnership of 31 with Steve Tikolo before he was out for 49, at which point Steve Tikolo took over. He put on 103 for the fourth wicket wicket with Tanmay Mishra (who scored 48 before being bowled by Hamid Hassan) and then an unbroken 95 for the fifth wicket with Maurice Ouma to take the Kenyan total to 289-4.
By the end of the innings Tikolo had scored 126, his first century for Kenya since he scored a century in each innings in an Intercontinental Cup game against Canada in 2009, and his first one-day century in over two years.
Afghanistan never really got started in reply, and their only substantial partnership was Nawroz Mangal and Mohammad Nabi's 66 runs for the sixth wicket. They were eventually bowled out for 240 in 43 overs, Jimmy Kamande and Shem Ngoche taking three wickets each.