Canada v Kenya, Maple Leaf CC, 2nd day July 31, 2006

Battling Mishra restores parity

Cricinfo staff

Canada 235 and 52 for 1 lead Kenya 231 (Mishra 83*, Osinde 4-51, Bhatti 4-82) by 56 runs

A battling 83 from 19-year-old Tanmay Mishra helped Kenya claw their way back into the reckoning on the second day of their Intercontinental Cup tie against Canada at Maple Leaf Cricket Club after they had seemed out on their feet. By the close, Canada led by 56 runs with nine second-innings wickets in hand.

Resuming on 14 for 4 in reply to Canada's first innings of 235, Kenya continued to lose wickets and by lunch had slipped to 101 for 7 - it was remarkably similar to the first day when Canada found themselves on 102 for 7.

The Canadians' recovery had been led by , and Kenya found a hero in the precocious Mishra, who had already shown glimpses of his potential in recent one-day series. With Nehemiah Odhiambo he added 66 for the eighth wicket, but he really came into his own with the Nos. 10 and 11 when he marshalled the strike to frustrate the bowlers.

Henry Osinde (4 for 51) and Bhatti (4 for 82), who did all the damage on the first evening, were the pick of the bowlers, but their figures suffered in the latter stages of Kenya's innings.

Canada, who led by only five, started well second time, but Thomas Odoyo struck a crucial blow shortly before the close when he removed John Davison.