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March 11, 2013
Kenya 228 for 4 (Karim 65) beat Canada 227 for 8 (Gunasekera 72, Raza-ur-Rehman 70, Otieno 4-33) by six wickets
Kenya beat bottom-side Canada after completing a comfortable run chase with 14 balls to spare. There were solid contributions from all of the top order, opener Irfan Karim top-scoring with 65 for his maiden ODI half-century, after Elijah Otieno's four wickets helped restrict Canada to 227 for 8.
The foundations for Kenya's victory were laid by Karim and Morris Ouma, who put on a 95-run partnership for the second wicket. Karim became Henry Osinde's second wicket shortly after Ouma fell lbw to Hiral Patel and when the fourth wicket went down, 43 were required from 9.5 overs. Tanmay Mishra and Rakep Patel knocked off the runs at almost a run a ball to give Kenya their fourth win of the competition.
Canada had earlier rebuilt from 26 for 2, with Ruvindu Gunasekera making 72, his highest ODI score. He fell to Ragheb Aga to leave Canada 132 for 4 but a 91-run partnership in 12.1 overs between debutant Raza-ur-Rehman and Usman Limbada pushed Canada towards a respectable score. Otieno and Nelson Odhiambo returned to put the breaks on, however, taking four wickets for four runs from the last ten balls of the innings.
The result pushed Kenya to within two points of fourth-placed Netherlands and fifth-placed UAE in the WCL Championship table, with another fixture scheduled against Canada on Wednesday.
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