Kenya v Pakistan Cricket Academy, Nairobi, 3rd day September 15, 2008

Captains set up final-day climax

Cricinfo staff

Pakistan Cricket Academy 277 and 76 for 2 (Manzoor 52*) need another 288 runs to beat Kenya 372 and 268 (Tikolo 94, Anwar 3-50)

Steve Tikolo once again led from the front, scoring a patient 94 as Kenya set Pakistan a target of 364 on the third day in Nairobi. Khurram Manzoor, the visiting captain, also continued his good form; his unbeaten 52 pushed Pakistan to 76 for 2 at stumps. They will resume the final day needing 288 more to win, while eight wickets will be enough for the hosts.

Kenya, resuming their second innings at 15 for 1, began steadily as Alex Obanda and Rakep Patel pushed the score to 54. However, both failed to build on their starts. Obanda was caught behind off Umar Amin for 21, while Patel was out to Imad Wasim for 33. Wicketkeeper Maurice Ouma's dismissal for 1 made it 84 for 4, but Kenya, who had a 95-run first-innings lead, fought back with a 47-run stand between Tikolo and Thomas Odoyo, who scored 9.

Tikolo had rescued Kenya's first innings with his 170, but he didn't get much support at the other end in the second. Jimmy Kamande and Hiren Varaiya made useful 20s. Tikolo used up most of the deliveries, with his 94 coming off 226 balls. He was denied a hundred by the left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan, who also removed Peter Ongondo to finish with figures of 2 for 39 off 16 overs. Kenya's final two batsmen reached double figures - No. 11 Alfred Luseno hit three fours and a six - before Anwar Ali ended his innings with Kenya's score on 268.

Manzoor then followed up his century in the first innings with a fifty in the second. He added 26 for the first wicket with Amin, and then put on 36 with Asad Shafiq. Anwar, sent up the order, will resume batting with his captain on the final day as Pakistan look to continue their unbeaten run on their African tour.