Kenya v Pakistan A, tour game, 1st day August 1, 2004

Taufeeq and Faisal torment Kenya

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Pakistan A 352 for 4 (Taufeeq 144, Faisal 90*) v Kenya

Taufeeq Umar and Faisal Iqbal, with a fourth-wicket partnership of 161, put Pakistan A in an excellent position on the first day of their three-day match against Kenya in Nairobi. Taufeeq consolidated after some early wickets fell around him to make 144, while Faisal was not out on 90 at stumps, as Pakistan A reached 352 for 4.

Thomas Odoyo gave Kenya reason to cheer in the morning, accounting for the first two wickets to fall, those of Salman Butt, for 15 (28 for 1), and Bazid Khan, for 26 (97 for 2). But Odoyo had to be substituted in the afternoon session, and Kenya missed him sorely. Collins Obuya, who had turned in such impressive performances in the last World Cup, was woefully off-colour, conceding 34 in his six overs. As it happened, the highest number of overs in the day were bowled by Steve Tikolo, the captain, who took 2 for 95 in his 28 overs.

One of Tikolo's wicket was that was Taufeeq, who was lbw to him after hitting up 144. But Pakistan A were already on 305 by then, and they did not let the momentum slip. Naved Latif, on 22 not out, kept Faisal company till the end.