By Kirunda Wycliffe
Nepal 230/10 in 49.2 overs
Kenya 213/10 in 46.3 overs
Nepal won by 17 runs
Nepal continued to outshine Kenya in all the two One Day International games that they held after they won a decisive T20 game to win the first series on 30th August 2022.
Nepal won the toss and elected to bat first against Kenya that saw them defend their score with well calculated bowling tactics to give them a clean sweep to the two 50 over games.
Despite Nepal losing Arjun Saud wicket in the power play, Dev Khanal and Gyanendra Malla pair gave the team a solid start with each posting 37 runs off 55 balls and 25 runs off 37 balls before they departed the crease.
Skipper Rohit Paudel displayed a much needed performance as he scored a half century (78 runs off 95 balls), being a strong pillar in today’s Nepal win against Kenya but once his wicket was lost, they struggled to form any meaningful partnership.
Basir Ahamad (17 runs off 35 balls) and Sompal Kami (26 runs off 15 balls) gave a little push to Nepal helping the team set a score of 230/10 in 49.2 overs.
In the chase, Kenya started on a backfoot losing Sukhdeep Singh on the first ball that gave Nepal a strong start in the defense.
Kenya continued to struggle in forming any solid meaningful partnership that could stay on the crease for long and also score runs to put the team in a commanding state.
Nelson Odhiambo (28 runs off 27 balls) and Collins Obuya (37 runs off 61 balls) stabilized the fall of wickets but once the pair was lost, only Rakep Patel and Gerard Muthui gave Kenya some hopes onto the Kenyans with 81 runs off 98 balls and 20 runs off 17 balls respectively but their efforts were not good enough as they fell short by 17 runs.
Kenya loses both the One Day International series by 2-0 and the T20I series by 3-2 but there is a lot of positives for Kenya to take as they continue to rebuild the team.