Canada v Kenya, World T20 Qualifier, Group B, Edinburgh July 10, 2015

Karim 74 guides Kenya to comfortable win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kenya 146 for 3 (Karim 74*, Gordon 2-23) beat Canada 143 for 5 (Gunasekara 51) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

File photo - Irfan Karim struck six fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 74 © Getty Images

Irfan Karim's 54-ball 74 led Kenya to a convincing seven-wicket win against Canada in Edinburgh. An unbeaten 94 run fourth-wicket stand between Karim and Morris Ouma helped Kenya romp home in a 144-run chase with nine balls to spare.

After being inserted to bat, Ruvindu Gunasekara and Rizwan Cheema got Canada off to a sedate start - 15 were scored off the first four overs. However, the pair attacked the last two overs of the Powerplay, smashing 38 to lift the score to 53 in six overs. Three sixes were hit in the eighth over as well as Canada looked set for a dominating total. James Ngoche broke the stand in the 10th over, dismissing Cheema for 35 and also got the wicket of Gunasekara(51) in his next over, slowing Canada down. From the 15th over, Canada scored a boundary in each over save the last, but could add only 45 runs in the last six overs, eventually ending at 143 for 5. Nelson Odhiambo picked up 2 for 22, his wickets of Navneet Dhaliwal and Hiral Patel coming off successive deliveries in the 19th over.

In the chase, Narendra Kalyan and Karim provided a solid start - 35 in 29 balls, which included two fours each in the third and fourth overs - before Kalyan was caught off Jeremy Gordon for 19. Kenya lost two more wickets in the space of three runs as the match evened out at 52 for 3 in the eighth over. However, Karim and Ouma's partnership consolidated for Kenya and at the mid-way point in the chase, Kenya required 84. Seventeen were scored in the 13th over as the pair took control of the chase. They hit boundaries regularly and kept the required run-rate in check, and a four and a six in the 15th and 16th over effectively sealed the game, before Ouma wrapped it up with successive fours. Jeremy Gordon picked up two wickets.

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