Burger leads Namibia to opening win

A half-century from captain Sarel Burger and a constricting spell from Louis van der Westhuizen helped Namibia beat Kenya by 26 runs in the first Twenty20 game between the two sides at the Windhoek High School in Namibia. Burger came to the crease in the first over, after the hosts had lost van der Westhuizen for a duck, and proceeded to bat through the innings, allowing the likes of Raymond van Schoor (21 from 10 balls) and Gerrie Snyman (23 from 16) to chance their arms . A flurry of wickets fell at the end as Namibia looked to push the pace, but Burger held steady to make an unbeaten 56 from 48 balls and carry his side to 141 for 9.

Kenya's chase got off to a terrible start, with both openers back in the dressing room by the third over. Collins Obuya counterattacked while Irfan Karim attempted to play Burger's role for his side, but Obuya's dismissal for 27, caught of the bowling of van der Westhuizen, effectively ended Kenya's challenge. Karim kept plugging away, but he received no support, with none of the other batsmen managing to reach double figures. He eventually fell for a run-a-ball 40 in the 17th over, as Kenya limped to 115 for 9. van der Westhuizen picked up another two wickets to finish with figures of 3 for 11 from 3 overs.

Kenya 2nd innings Partnerships

1st0RR PatelAA Obanda
2nd9CO ObuyaRR Patel
3rd28CO ObuyaIA Karim
4th14RG AgaIA Karim
5th12RP MepaniIA Karim
6th18NN OdhiamboIA Karim
7th15DS WesongaIA Karim
8th2HA VaraiyaIA Karim
9th3HA VaraiyaJO Ngoche
10th14E OtienoJO Ngoche