|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Fantasy||Mobile|
October 27, 2005
Ireland 37 for 1 trail Kenya 401 for 4 dec (Tikolo 177*, Modi 106, Otieno 72) by 364 runs
Tikolo, long regarded as the best batsman outside Test cricket, was in sublime form as Kenya cruised to 401 for 4 before declaring. On a pitch which offered little to the bowlers, neither side appears to possess the firepower to bowl the other out twice.
From the moment Tikolo won the toss and chose to bat, it was Kenya's day. They overcame the early run out of Maurice Ouma for 8, and even when Tony Suji, fresh from a hundred in the semi-finals, went for a laborious 11, Kenya looked untroubled. The morning was dominated by Kennedy Otieno, who hammered the ball to all parts, and the session ended with Ireland's captain Trent Johnston off the field with a broken finger. He returned, dosed up to the eyeballs with painkillers, bowled one expensive over, and disappeared again, this time for good. He will bat if necessary, but otherwise his match seems over.
Although Otieno fell soon after the break without adding to his 72, that only accelerated the scoring as Tikolo and Hitesh Modi smacked 267 for the fourth wicket before a tiring Modi finally went for 106. Ireland's bowlers lacked the accuracy or penetration to trouble either batsman and they played their shots with confidence and ease.
Ireland were left with a nervous 50 minutes, and they lost Dominick Joyce lbw to Thomas Odoyo for 5 shortly before the close.
The bonus points system in the final - Kenya have eight to Ireland's two - means that Ireland will need to bat well - without losing wickets - to have a chance of winning the final. They have the batting to do it and Kenya's bowling is not their strongest discipline - but it's a tall order.
Bonus points may be earned in both the first and second innings.
First Innings - 0.5 points for every 25 runs scored throughout the 90 overs
Second Innings - 0.5 points for every 25 runs scored throughout the innings to a maximum of 4 Points
A maximum of 5 bowling points per innings to be awarded, 0.5 points at the fall of each wicket
ESPNcricinfo picks five players for whom this IPL is of bigger significance
The Plays of the day from the match between Kolkata and Mumbai, in Abu Dhabi
The Plays of the day from the match between Chennai and Punjab in Abu Dhabi