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September 2, 2007
Uganda stunned hosts Kenya to claim a thrilling two-wicket win in the third match of the Twenty20 Quadrangular tournament at Nairobi.
Chasing 133 to win, Uganda got off to a poor start when Roger Mukasa was bowled by Thomas Odoyo off the second ball of the innings. But wicketkeeper Lawrence Sematimba's counterattacking 42 laid the platform for their victory. He pulled Odoyo over deep square leg before turning his attention to Lameck Onyango, who he whipped for 16 runs in the fifth over, including a six over deep midwicket.
Joel Olwenyi, who came in after the other opener, Arthur Kyobe, was dismissed for two, slogged Jimmy Kamande over long-on, but Sematimba fell against the run of play when he mis-timed a sweep to be trapped lbw in the same over. Olwenyi hit Hiren Varaiya for two straight boundaries in the next over before getting out for 24.
Kamande leaked 14 runs from his third over as Raymond Otim went on the offensive. It didn't help Kenya's cause when Otim was dropped by Varaiya when he was on two for he launched Kamande for a six over long-on off the next ball. Uganda were then confortably poised, needing 24 off 24 balls.
But Otim was caught by Rajesh Budhia when going for yet another six off Odoyo's bowling. Steve Tikolo removed Jeremy Kibukamusoke and Emmanuel Isaneez in the 18th over as the match headed towards a thrilling finish.
Nandi Patel swung the match in Uganda's favour when he hit a four and a six in the 19th over bowled by Ongondo. It was sealed when Davis Arinaithe lofted Odoyo over long-off for a single on the penultimate ball of the match.
Earlier, Kenya, riding on a 58-run stand for the fourth wicket between Tikolo and Odoyo, scored 132, after being put in by Olwenyi.
Uganda managed to stifle the runs - 28 balls went without a boundary - before Collins Obuya sent an Isaneez delivery over the deep midwicket boundary. Tikolo then took centre stage after Obuya holed out to Kibukamusoke, striking Olwenyi to the cover boundary before bring up his half century with a slog sweep over deep square leg. Odoyo joined in the assault with consecutive fours in Arinaitewe's last over.The Tikolo-Odoyo combine soon crossed the 50-run mark.
But Kenya could not accelerate as three wickets fell in the last two overs. Odoyo was the first to go, nicking Olwenyi to Sematima for 27. Kamyuka captured the remaining two wickets in the final over of the Kenya innings; Tikolo holing out to Musaka at deep midwicket and Kamande driving the ball straight into the hands of Otim in the covers.
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