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November 11, 2006
Kenya 186 for 3 (Mishra 64*, Tikolo 60*) beat Bermuda 184 for 8 (Tucker 52, Odoyo 4-25) by seven wickets
Kenya took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the best-of-three one-day series with a seven-wicket win over Bermuda at Mombasa Sports Club.
Bermuda's total of 184 for 8 always seemed below par, and that proved to be the case as Steve Tikolo and Tanmay Mishra added an unbeaten 103 for the fourth wicket to see Kenya home with almost four overs to spare.
It was a case of the old and the young. Tikolo, 35, has been the bedrock of Kenyan cricket for well over a decade, but Mishra, 19, has emerged this year and many believe he represents a fine prospect for the future. The pair came together with Kenya on 83 for 3, not exactly in trouble but aware that their middle order fell apart yesterday. In a perfectly-timed chase, which was dominated by the younger man, they ended Bermuda's hopes of getting back into the series.
Just as Bermuda's innings appeared to be recovering from two early strikes by Thomas Odoyo, two wickets in four balls from another youngster, 22-year-old slow left-armer Hiren Varaiya, left them wobbling on 49 for 4. Janeiro Tucker and David Hemp then combined to stage a recovery of sorts before Odoyo returned to claim two more victims.
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