Kenya v UAE, WCL, Southampton June 27, 2015

All-round Kenya crush UAE

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kenya 270 for 6 (Karim 67, Rakep 59*, Shem Ngoche 58*) beat UAE 205 (Tauqir 54, James 5-26) by 65 runs
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File photo: Rakep Patel slammed five fours and two sixes during his unbeaten 39-ball 59 © ICC

Half-centuries from Irfan Karim, Rakep Patel and Shem Ngoche, followed by a five-wicket haul from the offspinner James Ngoche powered Kenya to a 65-run victory against UAE at the Rose Bowl.

Kenya, after being inserted, lost three wickets inside 15 overs, but Karim and Nelson Odhiambo steadied the innings with a 70-run stand for the fourth wicket. Karim eventually fell for 67 in the 38th over, but Parthiv and Shem counterattacked, sharing an unbroken 121-run partnership off just 67 deliveries. Rakep hit five fours and two sixes during his 39-ball 59, while Shem's 36-ball 56 featured four fours and sixes each, helping the team to a competitive 270 for 4.

UAE never really got going in their chase, as early blows from Lucas Oluoch, Nelson and Shem had them tottering at 83 for 5. Shaiman Anwar was the only top-order batsman to put up a fight, stroking a 45-ball 43, and his dismissal in the 29th over once again deflated UAE. Mohammad Tauqir, UAE's captain and No.9, launched a few late hits, including 18 off an over from Elijah Otieno, but his 54-run blitz only served to reduce the margin of defeat. James collected 5 for 26 to run through the middle and lower order, as Kenya bundled UAE out for 205 inside 45 overs.

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