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April 19, 2013
Kenya 176 for 5 (Obuya 75*, Obanda 47) beat Netherlands 172 for 5 (Swart 89, Aga 3-24) by five wickets
An unbeaten 75 from Collins Obuya guided Kenya to a five-wicket win over Netherlands in a T20I match in Windhoek. The two sides will engage again on April 20 in a T20 Quadrangular series match, with Namibia and South Africa Emerging Players the other two teams in the competition.
Set a target of 173 to win, Kenya were on the backfoot at 18 for 2 after the loss of two quick wickets. However, a 54-run stand between opener Alex Obanda and Obuya brought their chase back on track. Once Obanda fell for 47, Obuya paired with Rakep Patel and the duo put on 83 runs off 44 balls to take Kenya to the brink of victory. Obuya then guided the side home with one over to spare.
Earlier, the Netherlands openers got off to a blistering start after choosing to bat first. Stephan Myburgh and Michael Swart shared a 97-run opening stand that was broken by Ragheb Aba, who bowled Myburgh for 41. Swart then added 51 runs with Tom Cooper to take Netherlands to 148 for 1 in the 15th over, creating a solid platform for a big score. However, once Swart and Cooper fell, the other Netherlands batsmen struggled, managing only seven runs in the last two overs. Swart's innings of 89 came off 55 balls and included six fours and five sixes. Aga was the pick of the Kenyan bowlers, finishing with figures of 3 for 24 off his four overs.
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