ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, 2008 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier - 1st semi final

Ireland v Kenya

Ireland won by 4 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)

8.45 am Good morning from the Stormont grounds in Belfast for today's first semi-final between Ireland and Kenya - a match many thought would form the final. Ireland will just be happy to still be in the competition after their breath-taking victory last night when they scraped home by 4 runs against Bermuda. Again we have had rain overnight but the sun is out now and we will start on time at 9.30am. The toss is still about 30 minutes away, so more details then - time for a cuppa I think!

9.15 am Team and toss news Both teams are unchanged from yesterdays games, so Andy White has obviously recovered overnight. The toss has been won by Ireland and they will field

0.1

Connell to Ouma, 2 runs, played on the front foot, just evading the diving Wilson at point and they get two runs

0.2

Connell to Ouma, no run, better ball, pulling his length bat and the ball nips back to hit the pad

0.3

Connell to Ouma, no run, beats the edge as Ouma comes forward

0.4

Connell to Ouma, FOUR, full ball and Ouma smashes the ball back past the bowler for the first boundary off the innings

0.5

Connell to Ouma, OUT, short and wide from Connell, Ouma top-edges the cut shot and Cusack tkes a fine catch diving forward at third man

MA Ouma c Cusack b Connell 6 (2m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

0.6

Connell to Otieno, 2 runs, edged but just wide of the gully, it seemed to loop over O'Brien on its way to the third man boundary, good sliding stop by Cusack keeps them to two

End of over 1 (8 runs) Kenya 8/1
KO Otieno    2* (1b)      PC Connell    1-0-8-1
NN Odhiambo    0* (0b)     

1.1

KJ O'Brien to Odhiambo, no run

1.2

KJ O'Brien to Odhiambo, 1 run, full ball, driven firmly to White at mid-off and they get a single

1.3

KJ O'Brien to Otieno, 2 runs, in the air but this time Cusack can't take the catch running back at mid-on, he just mis-judged it and the ball fell over his head

1.4

KJ O'Brien to Otieno, no run

1.5

KJ O'Brien to Otieno, 1 run, cut to third man for a single

1.6

KJ O'Brien to Odhiambo, OUT, another early breakthrough! On a good length and cutting back into the batsman, he was hit on the back foot and it was an easy decision for Umpire Hair

NN Odhiambo lbw b KJ O'Brien 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 2 (4 runs) Kenya 12/2
     KJ O'Brien    1-0-4-1
KO Otieno    5* (4b)     

2.1

Connell to Otieno, 1 run, short ball strikes the gloves and they get a single as the ball falls into the leg-side

2.2

Connell to Tikolo, no run, short of a length and Tikolo plays on the back foot, pushing the ball back down the pitch

2.3

Connell to Tikolo, no run, driven into the covers but he finds the field

2.4

Connell to Tikolo, no run, another mis-timed drive by Tikilo and the ball runs to mid-off

2.5

Connell to Tikolo, no run, good length and again Tikilo pushes into the covers

2.6

Connell to Tikolo, no run, wider but too full for the cut shot and the ball is past the edge and through to O'Brien

End of over 3 (1 run) Kenya 13/2
SO Tikolo    0* (5b)      PC Connell    2-0-9-1
KO Otieno    6* (5b)     

3.1

KJ O'Brien to Otieno, no run, short of a length and outside off-stump, Otieno turns the ball to midwicket

3.2

KJ O'Brien to Otieno, no run, driven firmly, but again he hits the fielder at mid-off

3.3

KJ O'Brien to Otieno, no run, cut to point on the back foot

3.4

KJ O'Brien to Otieno, 1 run, edges to third man and Otieno picks up one run

3.5

KJ O'Brien to Tikolo, 1 bye, past the edge again, this time they get a bye as O'Brien can't gather the ball standing up to stumps

3.6

KJ O'Brien to Otieno, OUT, big problems for Kenya and Otieno is gone top-edging a pull shot to Connell at short fine-leg

KO Otieno c Connell b KJ O'Brien 7 (15m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

End of over 4 (2 runs) Kenya 15/3
     KJ O'Brien    2-0-5-2
SO Tikolo    0* (6b)     

4.1

Connell to Obanda, no run

4.2

Connell to Obanda, 1 leg bye, another extra as the ball hits the pad and into the leg-side

4.3

Connell to Tikolo, no run, slower ball, Tikilo middled it but drove the ball too straight, hitting the stumps at the non-strikers end

4.4

Connell to Tikolo, 1 run, off the mark finally with another mis-timed drive , this time the ball is wide of mid-off and they amble through

4.5

Connell to Obanda, 1 leg bye, big drive but he can't connect and the ball falls front of point and they get a leg-bye

4.6

Connell to Tikolo, 1 run, driven, this time he gets hold of it, a good stop at mid-off keeps Tikilo to one run

End of over 5 (4 runs) Kenya 19/3
SO Tikolo    2* (9b)      PC Connell    3-0-11-1
AA Obanda    0* (3b)     

5.1

KJ O'Brien to Tikolo, no run

5.2

KJ O'Brien to Tikolo, 1 run, full and clipped wide of mid-on for a single

5.3

KJ O'Brien to Obanda, 1 leg bye, hits the pad and they get an extra as the ball goes to fine-leg

5.4

KJ O'Brien to Tikolo, no run, past the edge this time, nipping the ball away to beat the forward defence of Tikilo

5.5

KJ O'Brien to Tikolo, no run

5.6

KJ O'Brien to Tikolo, 1 run, pushed into the covers on the front foot for a quick single

End of over 6 (3 runs) Kenya 22/3
SO Tikolo    4* (14b)      KJ O'Brien    3-0-7-2
AA Obanda    0* (4b)     

6.1

Connell to Tikolo, FOUR, short and pulled through square-leg for four runs, Tikilo very quickly onto that

6.2

Connell to Tikolo, no run, good comeback, beating the edge outside the off-stump

6.3

Connell to Tikolo, no run, defended on the front foot, Connell fields in his follow through

6.4

Connell to Tikolo, 1 run, a faction short and again Tikilo rocks ointo the back foot to pull through square-leg, this time he picks out the fielder on the boundary and they only get one

6.5

Connell to Obanda, OUT, tries to hit a length delivery over mid-off but the ball goes staight up, it looked like it would loop over McCallan on the edge of the circle but he took a fantastic catch diving to his left

AA Obanda c McCallan b Connell 0 (11m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

6.6

Connell to Tikolo, no run, beats the edge as Tikilo prods forward to complete an excellent spell

End of over 7 (5 runs) Kenya 27/4
SO Tikolo    9* (19b 1x4)      PC Connell    4-0-16-2
TM Odoyo    0* (0b)     

7.1

KJ O'Brien to Odoyo, no run

7.2

KJ O'Brien to Odoyo, 1 run, single to get off the mark, driving to mid-off

7.3

KJ O'Brien to Tikolo, 1 run, again a big drive hits the stumps at the bowler's end, that would definitely been four

7.4

KJ O'Brien to Odoyo, FOUR, leg-side delivery glaced very fine to the fine-leg boundary

7.5

KJ O'Brien to Odoyo, 1 run, cut through the covers for one run

7.6

KJ O'Brien to Tikolo, 1 run, another single, this time driven wide of mid-off on the front foot

End of over 8 (8 runs) Kenya 35/4
SO Tikolo    11* (21b 1x4)      KJ O'Brien    4-0-15-2
TM Odoyo    6* (4b 1x4)     

8.1

Cusack to Tikolo, no run, wide of the off stump, Tikolo can't connect with an attempted drive

8.2

Cusack to Tikolo, no run, past the edge again, this time it was a much better ball, squaring Tikolo up on the back foot

8.3

Cusack to Tikolo, 2 runs, fuller and a touch wider, Tikolo drives through extra cover for a couple

8.4

Cusack to Tikolo, 1 bye

8.5

Cusack to Odoyo, no run, cutting back between bat and pad, O'Brien takes off the bails and appeals loudly for a stumping but Umpire Hair isn't interested

8.6

Cusack to Odoyo, no run, driven into the covers, yorker length delivery to complete a very tidy first over

End of over 9 (3 runs) Kenya 38/4
TM Odoyo    6* (6b 1x4)      AR Cusack    1-0-2-0
SO Tikolo    13* (25b 1x4)     

9.1

Botha to Tikolo, OUT, he gets a wicket with his first ball, very like the lbw of Odiambo as the ball cut back off the pitch to trap Tikilo on the back foot

SO Tikolo lbw b Botha 13 (29m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

9.2

Botha to Aga, 5 wides, down the leg side and the ball runs away for five wides

9.2

Botha to Aga, FOUR, well bowled and the ball takes the edge and runs for another boundary to third man

9.3

Botha to Aga, no run

9.4

Botha to Aga, no run

9.5

Botha to Aga, 1 run, driven wide of mid-off and they get a single

9.6

Botha to Odoyo, no run, pushed into the covers nad there's no run

End of over 10 (10 runs) Kenya 48/5
TM Odoyo    6* (7b 1x4)      AC Botha    1-0-10-1
RG Aga    5* (4b 1x4)     

10.1

Cusack to Aga, no run, driven back down the ground, good stop by Cusack in his follow through prevents a run

10.2

Cusack to Aga, OUT, bowled! Full ball which Aga tried to drive through the off-side, the ball may have cut back off the pitch to send the off-stump flying

RG Aga b Cusack 5 (5m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

10.3

Cusack to Kamande, no run, full delivery again, this time pushed to point

10.4

Cusack to Kamande, OUT, and another one! Hiting the leg-stump this time as Kamande got too far accross, super bowling from Cusack

JK Kamande b Cusack 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

10.5

Cusack to Suji, no run, lunging defensive shot by Suji, the ball is past the edge again

10.6

Cusack to Suji, no run

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) Kenya 48/7
AO Suji    0* (2b)      AR Cusack    2-1-2-2
TM Odoyo    6* (7b 1x4)     

11.1

Botha to Odoyo, no run

11.2

Botha to Odoyo, no run, solid defence on the front foot, not very twenty20 but given the situation Odoyo doesn't have much choice

11.3

Botha to Odoyo, 2 runs, opens the face to guide the ball to third man for two runs

11.4

Botha to Odoyo, 1 run, shorter and Odoyo tucks the ball off his hip and they get a single into midwicket

11.5

Botha to Suji, no run, defended into the off-side on the front foot

11.6

Botha to Suji, 1 run, again guided to third man for one run

End of over 12 (4 runs) Kenya 52/7
AO Suji    1* (4b)      AC Botha    2-0-14-1
TM Odoyo    9* (11b 1x4)     

12.1

Johnston to Suji, no run, short of a length and Suji has a flirt outside his off-stump as the ball beats the edge

12.2

Johnston to Suji, 1 run, slightly overpitched and driven wide of the fielder at cover for a run

12.3

Johnston to Odoyo, no run

12.4

Johnston to Odoyo, 1 run, driven through the covers again for one run, too much width from Johnston

12.5

Johnston to Suji, 1 wide, down the leg-side

12.5

Johnston to Suji, 1 run, full delivery driven wide of point

12.6

Johnston to Odoyo, no run, comes down the pitch but he's beaten again as the ball cuts away off the pitch

End of over 13 (4 runs) Kenya 56/7
TM Odoyo    10* (14b 1x4)      DT Johnston    1-0-4-0
AO Suji    3* (7b)     

13.1

Botha to Suji, no run, full delivery, yorker length and Suji plays into the covers

13.2

Botha to Suji, 1 run, into the covers again but this time well placed wide of the fielder and they scamper a single

13.3

Botha to Odoyo, no run

13.4

Botha to Odoyo, OUT, a loose shot from Odoyo, he went for a big drive outside his off-stump, the ball cut back in through the gate to take the off-stump bails

TM Odoyo b Botha 10 (30m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

13.5

Botha to Ongondo, OUT, gone again! It was a similar ball and it again it cut back in to beat the loose drive of Ongondo, this time hitting middle stump

PJ Ongondo b Botha 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Hat-trick ball

13.6

Botha to Varaiya, no run, no drama although he does beat the batsman outside his off-stump

End of over 14 (1 run) Kenya 57/9
HA Varaiya    0* (1b)      AC Botha    3-0-15-3
AO Suji    4* (9b)     

14.1

Cusack to Suji, no run, full delivery, pushed into the off-side

14.2

Cusack to Suji, no run

14.3

Cusack to Suji, 1 run, pushed to point, O'Brien picked up one handed and threw at the bowlers end stumps, he missed by a whisker- Suji would have been gone with a hit

14.4

Cusack to Varaiya, no run

14.5

Cusack to Varaiya, no run, sliced drive finds O'Brien at point

14.6

Cusack to Varaiya, no run, another dot. the ball hitting the pad and falling into the off-side

End of over 15 (1 run) Kenya 58/9
HA Varaiya    0* (4b)      AR Cusack    3-1-3-2
AO Suji    5* (12b)     

15.1

Botha to Suji, no run, full and solidly defened by Suji

15.2

Botha to Suji, 1 run, cutting in again off the pitch, this time an inside edge saves the batsman and they get a single to fine-leg

15.3

Botha to Varaiya, 2 runs, nicely placed flick through midwicket brings two runs

15.4

Botha to Varaiya, 2 runs, cut to third man and they get two

15.5

Botha to Varaiya, 1 leg bye

15.6

Botha to Suji, no run

End of over 16 (6 runs) Kenya 64/9
AO Suji    6* (15b)      AC Botha    4-0-20-3
HA Varaiya    4* (7b)     

16.1

Johnston to Varaiya, 1 run, opens the face to guide the ball to third man on the front foot

16.2

Johnston to Suji, no run, played onto the back foot into midwicket

16.3

Johnston to Suji, 1 run, outside off-stump and he edges the drive to third man for an easy single

16.4

Johnston to Varaiya, no run, played to midwicket on the front foot

16.5

Johnston to Varaiya, no run, beats the edge as Varaiya pushes away from his body on the back foot, it looked like O'Brien was going to appeal but thought better of it

16.6

Johnston to Varaiya, 1 run, dropped wide of point on the back foot and they take a quick single

End of over 17 (3 runs) Kenya 67/9
HA Varaiya    6* (11b)      DT Johnston    2-0-7-0
AO Suji    7* (17b)     

17.1

McCallan to Varaiya, no run, swept but he finds the fielder at square-leg

17.2

McCallan to Varaiya, OUT, and that's the end of the innings, played into midwicket on the front foot and they took a risky single, Porterfield swooped in quickly pick up and throw in one motion, good work to leave Suji just short at the striker's end

AO Suji run out 7 (28m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.17

So that completes the Kenyan innings and its a sorry total. The standard of the wickets must be called into question after another paltry total. Join us in about 15 minutes for the Irish reply. If last night is anything to go by it may be dramatic...

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No result (abandoned with a toss)
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Photos

Aug 4, 2008

Alex Cusack bowls Ragheb Gul Aga, Ireland v Kenya, 1st semi-final, World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Belfast, August 4, 2008

Alex Cusack bowls Ragheb Gul Aga

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Aug 4, 2008

Andre Botha appeals successfully against Steve Tikolo, Ireland v Kenya, 1st semi-final, World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Belfast, August 4, 2008

Andre Botha appeals successfully against Steve Tikolo

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