Kenya v Uganda, 2nd ODI, Nairobi December 19, 2009

Kenya scrape last-gasp victory

Cricinfo staff

Kenya 129 for 9 beat Uganda 126 by one wicket

Kenya took an unassailable 2-0 lead in their series against Uganda, but it took last-pair heroics from Hiren Varaiya and Alfred Luseno to help them scrape to a one-wicket win.

It all appeared to be going to plan when Uganda were stuck in and , after a solid opening stand of 34, were bowled out for 126. Once again Kenya's bowlers did what was asked of them but, not for the first time, their batsmen failed to meet expectations.

Seren Waters' return to international colours ended with a duck, although a breezy 20-ball 24 from David Obuya appeared to have calmed the nerves, and even when the in-form Rakep Patel fell for 17, at 56 for 3 a win still appeared well within reach.

But the middle order offered nothing as Alex Obanda (14), Maurice Ouma (7), Jimmy Kamande (5) and Shem Obado (0) came and went, and at 77 for 7 Uganda sensed an upset.

Nehemiah Odhiambo and Varaiya then added 33 for the eighth wicket before Odhiambo and Lucas Oluoch fell in quick succession. Eleven were needed and the last pair managed to get them, but it was a far from convincing effort.

Kenya will have to end the series with a much better display tomorrow if the critics are to be silenced.