Kenya v Pakistan Cricket Academy, Mombasa, 1st day September 19, 2008

Tikolo ton fails to spur Kenya

Cricinfo staff

Pakistan Cricket Academy 52 for 1 trail Kenya 209 (Tikolo 108*, Junaid 4-55, Shah 3-46) by 157 runs

Steve Tikolo top scored yet again for his team but Kenya were bowled out for 209 on the first day of their second four-day game against the visiting Pakistan Cricket Academy side in Mombasa. Khurram Manzoor, Pakistan's highest scorer in the earlier game, was snared by Thomas Odoyo for a duck but his team ended the day on 52 for 1.

After Kenya chose to bat, Tikolo had to steer his team out of trouble as they slipped for 86 for 7. Junaid Khan struck four times for Pakistan as only two batsmen other than Tikolo made it to double figures. The first was Alex Obanda, who scored 26 before he was caught behind off legspinner Yasir Shah.

No. 9 Hiren Varaiya was the other, and his 82-ball 24 was part of a vital 87-run stand with his captain, one run more than what the previous seven partnerships had managed. While Varaiya defied the bowling, Tikolo pushed the scoring with a strike-rate of over 75.

Varaiya was bowled by Shah, who took three wickets. Tikolo remained unbeaten, and his 108 followed scores of 170 and 94 in the earlier game in Nairobi. He added 26 for the ninth wicket with Peter Ongondo, but opening bowler Mohammad Talha wrapped up the innings on 209 by removing the final two batsmen.

Ahmed Shehzad and Fawad Alam, who guided Pakistan to a four-wicket win in the first game, were unbeaten on 24 and 26 at stumps.