Kenya v Scotland, 4th match, ICC Tri-Series, Mombasa January 21, 2007

Shah's ton earns Kenya second win

Cricinfo staff

Kenya 259 for 9 (Shah 113) beat Scotland 252 for 8 (Watts 59, Haq 59, Hamilton 46) by seven runs
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Ravi Shah celebrates his maiden ODI hundred © Eddie Norfolk
Ravi Shah's fighting century proved the difference as Kenya held their nerve to beat Scotland for the second time this competition. Shah rescued Kenya from the mire at 90 for 5, after they lost five wickets for 23, to lift them to 259. Steve Tikolo then needed all of his experience to produce a vital three wicket-burst which staved off a determined Scotland assault with the bat, as Kenya won by seven runs.

After Kenya chose to bat, Shah had his work cut out when all about him were losing their heads, but he kept his and put on a crucial 117 with Thomas Odoyo for the sixth wicket. Inspired by Shah, the tail gave him full support and Kenya managed to bat all of their overs as Shah smashed his way to 113 from 121 balls. His knock included eight fours and three sixes, Odoyo added 36, and each of those runs was vital.

Kenya's innings started brightly enough, with Maurice Ouma and David Obuya sharing an opening stand of 67. But Ouma's run out on 14 triggered a collapse as five wickets fell in quick succession.

At this stage Scotland would have fancied their chances of killing off the innings early and hunting down a revenge win against Kenya, who beat them in the first round of this competition. But Shah wasn't going to give up - and he turned the innings on its head.

Scotland then had a mountain to climb and they were doing well in scaling the heights, their openers, Fraser Watts and Majid Haq, putting on 99. Both made 59. They continued to rack up the runs and were well set at 217 for 3 when Tikolo turned things around for Kenya. He grabbed the next three wickets for no runs, puncturing Scotland's momentum so thoroughly that they were unable to recover.

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