Obuya helps Kenya draw level
Kenya 149 for 4 (Obuya 60*, Odhiambo 41) beat Afghanistan 115 for 8 (Mangal 36, Otieno 3-16) by 34 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Kenya squared the two-match T20 series after comfortably beating Afghanistan by 34 runs in Sharjah. The win was set up by the captain Collins Obuya who batted through the innings to guide Kenya to 149 and then picked up two wickets. Afghanistan's middle order failed to step up and the side was bowled out for 115.
Opting to bat, openers Obuya and Nehemiah Odhiambo got off to a solid start by adding 87 in ten overs. Odhiambo went on the attack to the legspinner Samiullah Shenwari, hitting him for two sixes in an over before the bowler had the last laugh, beating him in flight as he tried to launch another six. Afghanistan pulled things back to restrict Kenya to 149, with Obuya staying unbeaten on 60 with six fours and a six.
Afghanistan's start wasn't as effective as they lost Mohammad Shehzad in the third over, bowled after hitting Elijah Otieno for two consecutive fours. Shahzad's opening partner Karim Sadiq fell in the next over, top-edging Shem Ngoche to mid-off. Nawroz Mangal gave the chase a boost with an aggressive 36 off 23 balls that included three sixes. He had taken the score to 68 in the ninth over but was caught at mid-off off Obuya, who took the first of his two wickets.
Mangal's wicket hurt Afghanistan's chances as the middle order failed to find the boundaries and lost wickets at regular intervals. Otieno took two more wickets to finish with 3 for 16 and Kenya finally registered a win in an otherwise forgettable tour of the UAE, in which they lost two ODIs, an Intercontinental Cup match and the first T20.