New look Kenya cruise to win over UAE
A new look Kenya side, containing just three members of their World Cup squad, has got the new era of Kenyan cricket off to a good start with a routine victory over the UAE in Nairobi.
Batting first after winning the toss, Kenya's innings initially started poorly, and they were 21-3 in the tenth over. A 133 run partnership between Tanmay Mishra and debutant Ramesh Mepani recovered the innings before Mishra was out for 66.
Mepani had scored 55 when he was out two balls later, and the Kenyan tail was polished off by Shoaib Sarwar, who took 5-23, Kenya making 210 before they were bowled out three balls short of their full quota.
The UAE's reply started with a flurry of wickets, and they were 11-4 in the seventh over, Rajesh Bhudia taking three of those wickets. Unlike Kenya's innings, the UAE's never really recovered. Bhudia took two more wickets to finish with 5-21 from his seven overs.
When rain brought an end to the match after 35 overs of the UAE innings, the UAE had scored 119-8, 66 runs short of the Duckworth/Lewis par score.
The teams will meet in a second one-day match tomorrow, and a four-day Intercontinental Cup match starting on Thursday.