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Dhiren Gondaria, Collins Obuya get Kenya off the mark

Dhiren Gondaria drives down the ground Peter Della Penna

Kenya 138 for 4 (Gondaria 85*, Leverock 2-30) beat Bermuda 93 (Rawlins 37, Obuya 4-27) by 45 runs

Dhiren Gondaria's unbeaten 85 led Kenya to their first win of the T20 World Cup Qualifier as they beat Bermuda by 45 runs in Dubai.

After choosing to bat on a wearing pitch, Gondaria lifted his side out of an early hole created by disciplined bowling from Bermuda. Alex Obanda fell on the fourth ball of the match for a golden duck miscuing a straight drive to midwicket off George O'Brien where Delray Rawlins took a splendid leaping catch.

Kamau Leverock struck twice in his first two overs, getting Irfan Karim caught at midwicket for 15 before a slower ball foxed Collins Obuya to trap him in front for 4. Rodney Trott then had Rakep Patel nicking off to leave Kenya at 66 for 4 after 12 overs.

Gondaria could do little but watch as the top order stumbled all around him but eventually he found a willing ally in the No. 6 batsman Rushab Patel. The pair added an unbeaten 72 across the final eight overs with a mixture of sensible strokeplay and a touch of luck.

Gondaria had brought up his 50 off 48 balls in the 16th over, then struck back-to-back fours off Rawlins to begin a late surge. In the following over, he inside edged a heave off Leverock that spun back into the stumps but the bails wouldn't break. Then, on 71, he was then put down at long-off by O'Brien, once again off Leverock's bowling, as he made the most of his chances and batted through the innings.

Bermuda's chase got off to a dreadful start when Okera Bascome was caught at short fine leg off the first ball from Elijah Otieno. Captain Dion Stovell's attempt at a glide to third man resulted in his own stumps being rearranged, and then Terryn Fray ran himself out to make it 7 for 3 after just 13 balls.

Rawlins did his best to lead a fightback, reverse sweeping Ngoche for his first boundary in the fifth over before charging Obuya for a trio of straight driven fours. He pulled Rakep Patel for a couple of big hits over the leg side in the 12th over but a third attempt resulted in a top-edge being taken at short fine leg by the wicketkeeper Karim, ending a 58-run stand with Janeiro Tucker.

Bermuda crumbled thereafter and were all out for 93 as Rawlins' wicket sparked a collapse (6 for 12). Obuya did most of the damage, dismissing Tucker at long-on before Leverock top-edged a slog to short third man. A googly trapped Onias Bascome for his third wicket before he ended the match bowling O'Brien after a failed charge. After playing three days in a row, Bermuda now has a day off before taking on Namibia, needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Bermuda 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
0TS FrayO Bascome
7TS FrayDC Stovell
0TS FrayDMW Rawlins
58JJ TuckerDMW Rawlins
2JJ TuckerDAP Darrell
4DAP DarrellKS Leverock
5DAP DarrellAC Douglas
2OGL BascomeAC Douglas
0RJ TrottOGL Bascome
15GH O'BrienRJ Trott