Kenya v UAE, Intercontinental Cup, Nairobi, 1st day July 28, 2011

Bowlers give Kenya the advantage

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kenya 91 for 3 (Rakep 36, Wesonga 34*) trail UAE 213 (Khurram 85, Saqib 45, Varaiya 4-45, Oluoch 3-58) by 122 runs
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Kenya took first-day honours against UAE in their Intercontinental Cup fixture in Nairobi. UAE would have hoped to get far more than 213 when they chose to bat, but faltered despite their top-order batsmen getting starts. Opener Abdul Rehman managed 23, while Saqib Ali scored 45 but the steady fall of wickets at the start meant UAE were reduced to 57 for 4 at one stage. Saqib's contribution, though, was a significant one; he added 121 for the fifth wicket with captain Khurram Khan, who top-scored with 85. However, left-arm seamer Lucas Oluoch and left-arm spinner Hiren Varaiya brought Kenya right back, sharing seven wickets between them - including the last six to fall - to bowl out UAE for a modest total.

Kenya lost Runish Gudhka in the first over but opener Rakep Patel gave the innings some impetus early on with a quickfire 36. Collins Obuya, the captain, was dismissed off what proved to be the last ball of the day, but holding fort was Dominic Wesonga with an unbeaten 34, following up on his two wickets.

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  • Nerk on July 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Exciting match. The UAE are still in it, after all they have the runs on the board and Kenya have lost 3 wickets. But it will be an uphill battle for them, and Kenya will want to score a big win here.

  • Nerk on July 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Exciting match. The UAE are still in it, after all they have the runs on the board and Kenya have lost 3 wickets. But it will be an uphill battle for them, and Kenya will want to score a big win here.

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  • Nerk on July 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Exciting match. The UAE are still in it, after all they have the runs on the board and Kenya have lost 3 wickets. But it will be an uphill battle for them, and Kenya will want to score a big win here.