Obuya, Ngoche give Kenya 2-0 lead
Kenya 204 (Obuya 65, Tauqir 5-45) beat UAE 195 (Patil 41, Ngoche 4-42) by nine runs
Kenya moved to an unassailable 2-0 lead after left-arm spinner Shem Ngoche ripped through the UAE middle-order to secure victory at the Mombasa Sports Club ground. Kenya's batting star was 29-year-old Collins Obuya, who made a gritty 65 to guide them past 200, a total which proved to be just enough.
Obuya was involved in two steadying stands after Kenya's openers fell early to quick bowler Shoaib Sarwar. First, there was a 63-run partnership with veteran Steve Tikolo for the third wicket, after which he added 73 for the fourth with Mumbai-born 23-year-old Tanmay Mishra.
Kenya suffered a collapse after that, losing five wickets for nine runs to stumble to 175 for 8, 39-year-old left-arm spinner Mohammad Tauqir doing most of the damage. They were eventually bowled out for 204, with Tauqir taking 5 for 45, his best List A figures.
UAE lost opener Amjad Ali for 8, but Arshad Ali and Swapnil Patil steered them to a strong 82 for 1. Then it was time for UAE to wobble, losing four quick wickets, before Arfan Haider (36) helped them claw back to 133 for 5. It was anybody's game at that stage, but Kenya took control with three wickets for 23 runs. Tauqir nearly saved UAE with a quickfire 30 which evened the game at 187 for 8, but Kenya managed to pick the final two wickets and close out a narrow victory.
The third of the four one-dayers is on Thursday.