Kenya v Namibia, Aga Khan Club, 2nd day

Namibia in the ascendancy over Kenya

Wisden Cricinfo staff

October 2, 2004

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Namibia 357 for 6 dec and 108 for 2 (AJ Burger 50) lead Kenya 258 (Onyango 67, Modi 53) by 207 runs
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Jan-Berrie Burger: a quick 50 as Namibia took charge © Getty Images
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Under cloudy skies at Nairobi's Aga Khan Club, Kenya made a bright start to the second day of their Intercontinental Cup match, as Rageb Aga picked up two quick wickets to prompt the declaration. But Kenya slumped to 24 for 4 in reply, and it took a big effort from the middle order to drag their score to a respectable 258. Then Namibia's batsmen again took charge, ending on 108 for 2 to go into the final day with a commanding lead of 207 and eight wickets remaining.

The first wicket to fall was Deon Kotze who added only nine to his overnight 53 before he offered a chance off Aga to the wicketkeeper Abeed Janmohamed (305 for 9). Sarel Burger departed soon after, for 3 as he too was caught by Janmohamed, his fourth victim of the innings, off Aga. Gerrie Snyman was afforded no chance to convert his fifty to a century as Daniel Keulder declared, leaving him on 67 not out.

Kenya started their innings disastrously, losing Malhar Patel to Snyman's first ball, Melt van Schoor scooping up the chance behind the stumps (1 for 0). And from there, things went from bad to worse, as wickets continued to tumble.

Bernie Burger removed Ravindu Shah for 12. Then Sarel Burger had more luck with the bat than he'd had with the ball, as he struck twice to remove Amit Bhudia and Brijal Patel to leave Kenya reeling on 64 for 4 at lunch.

But Kenya's batting accelerated afterwards, as the new captain Hitesh Modi led from the front with a battling 53. His innings came to an end when Louis Burger tempted him into sending a catch to Jan-Berrie Burger. Aga proved his allround credentials with a fine 43 and, with Lameck Onyango spanking a rapid 67, with ten fours and two sixes, Kenya did well to reach 258, a deficit of 99.

Once again Namibia looked strong in the batting department, as Jan-Berrie Burger posted their fifth half-century of the match, before he was trapped lbw by the slow left-armer Jadhavji Bhimji for 50 (95 for 2). Keulder had looked solid, and he breezed to 25 before he edged Rahul Bhudia to Janmohamed (62 for 1). And so Namibia, with Stefan Swanepoel and Louis Burger at the crease, were in control going into the final day.

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