Easy win for Kenya in Dubai
Kenya are often considered to be the team most likely to lose ODI status during this round of World Cup qualifying. After the way Canada played against them today, the North Americans will be joining them on the potential chopping block.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the match started badly for Canada when Hiral Patel was bowled by Elijah Otieno from the first ball of the second over. Ontario native Nitish Kumar soon followed him back to the dressing room and Canada were on 26-2 in the sixth over.
Ruvindu Gunasekera then led a brief recovery, sharing first in a 37 run partnership for the third wicket with Jimmy Hansra and then in a 69 run partnership for the fourth wicket with ODI debutant Raza-ur-Rehman. Gunasekera was trapped lbw for 72 by former Sussex player Ragheb Aga to end his innings.
Rehman stayed in until the penultimate over and scored 70 before he was dismissed by Elijah Otieno. Another wicket fell three balls later to give Otieno bowling figures of 4-33. Nelson Odhiambo then took two more wickets in the final over to leave Canada on the below par total of 227-8 from their 50 overs.
Kenya had little trouble chasing down their target, reaching 131-1 after 30 overs and were on 167-2 when Irfan Karim was dismissed from the last ball of the 37th over. Tanmay Mishra and Rakep Patel guided the Kenyans home to win by six wickets with 2.2 overs to spare.
These two teams will meet again at the same venue on Wednesday.