It was a slow day for runs in a sun-drenched Aberdeen as Kenya's spinners restricted Scotland to 212, with resistance coming from Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod, who scored half-centuries.
Scotland captain Preston Mommsen won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to bat on a flat wicket. The squad had a different look from the ODI team, with Calvin Burnett, Ewan Chalmers and fast bowler Alasdair Evans - who had been out of the side for almost a year - replacing the players returning to county duty.
Kenya wicketkeeper Maurice Ouma, who has been nursing an injury, couldn't pull through a late fitness test and it was up to Irfan Karim to take over the gloves. Freddie Coleman opened the batting with Chalmers and looked good as he stroked a boundary off the first ball, and followed up with two more in the subsequent overs. However, he fell after making a start, edging to first slip. The first three wickets for Kenya came caught behind the wicket, including two to Karim.
Scotland got off to a poor start yet again in a four-day game, but Berrington was able to steady the top order by picking off the bad balls and adding 67 for the fourth wicket with Mommsen. Mommsen was later bowled by a Nehemiah Odhiambo yorker while Berrington was also bowled by the left-arm spinner Hiren Varaiya.
MacLeod, who hit an unbeaten 99 against Canada last summer and top scored in both innings against Australia A last month, again showed his class and patience. It took him around 40 deliveries to score his first ten runs. The scoring was slow as the tailenders could not pass double figures. MacLeod tried to accelerate towards the end, hitting the only six of the innings but was caught and bowled off a straight drive by the offspinner James Ngoche for 67.
With a few overs left before the end of play, Kenya lost Alex Obanda for a low score for the fourth time in as many matches on this tour. Kenya ended the day at 11 for 1.
The ground was remarkably different from the rain-hit ODIs earlier in the same week, with the forecast being good for all four days.