Kenya v UAE, Intercontinental Cup one-day, Nairobi July 26, 2011

Khurram, Amjad Ali steer UAE to win

ESPNcricinfo staff

UAE 233 for 6 (Khurram 65*, Amjad Ali 60) beat Kenya 230 for 9 (Rakep 124, Mishra 51, Saqib 3-28) by four wickets

UAE recovered well from their loss in the first 50-over game against Kenya, putting in a team effort to register a four-wicket win in the Intercontinental One-Day Cup in Nairobi, as a century from Kenya opener Rakep Patel went in vain.

After Kenya were asked to bat, Patel - who was very highly rated by the previous Kenya coach Eldine Baptiste - built the host's total almost single-handedly with a knock of 124 off 154 balls. He struck nine fours and six sixes before being run out in the final over of the innings. Only Tanmay Mishra offered Patel adequate support, scoring a half-century in a 111-run stand for the third wicket, as Kenya posted 230 for nine. Saqib Ali was pick of the UAE bowlers, claiming three middle-order wickets while conceding only 28 in an eight-over spell.

UAE lost Bakthiyar Palekar early on in the chase, but were steadied by Arshad Ali and Amjad Ali who added 85 for the second wicket. Kenya fought back with three wickets in the space of 17 runs, including that of Amjad Ali for 60, before another half-century stand between Shaiman Anwar and Khurram Khan put them back on course. Anwar fell with his side 46 short of victory, but Khurram saw the chase through, finishing unbeaten on 65 as UAE won with 20 balls to spare.

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  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    More the sort of match I was expecting after yesterday's one-sided affair. According to recent World Cricket League results, this is the 6th best Associate playing the 7th best after the former have had a huge clear-out, so Kenya should be pretty pleased, especially with some of the individual performances. I still think UAE will beat them heavily in the 4 day match, but I'd be very pleased to be proved wrong.

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