By Kirunda Wycliffe
Kenya 218/10 in 48.1 overs
Nepal 220/3 in 47.2 overs
Nepal win by 7 wickets
Having lost the decisive T20I game against Nepal on Tuesday ,30th August 2022, Kenya put up a strong fight today despite losing the game to Nepal.
Kenya won the toss and elected to bat first against Nepal, but couldn’t hold their nerves to register victory against a committed Nepal side.
Kenya had a poor start to their innings, losing their opening pair of Alex Obanda and Sukhdeep Singh in the first overs.
Irfan Karim transferred his T20I form to 50 over format as he tried to repair the wounded parts that saw him register 30 runs off 41 balls.
Rakep Patel and Collins Obuya were strong in the middle order with each scoring 67 runs off 75 balls and 62 runs off 118 balls respectively as they helped Kenya post 218/10.
Kenya lacked that consistency in the batting lineup that could form a good partnership to take them to the next high scoring level.
Sompal Kami and Karan KC had a good time with the ball as each picked three wickets to limit Kenya to 218.
In the chase, Arjun Saud and Aasif Sheikh partnership gave hardships to Kenya bowlers as each posted 61 runs off 97 balls and 110 runs off 120 respectively to give Nepal a good commanding start to their innings.
Despite losing the pair, their replacements of Gyanendra Malla (23 runs off 50 balls) and Dipendra Singh Airee (15 runs off 11 balls) did nothing but to ensure Nepal goes past Kenya to register its first 50 over win by 7 wickets
Both teams will play their last game of the series in the same format tomorrow at 10:00AM EAT where Kenya will need to regroup and put up a strong fight with both the bat and the ball in order to make it count on their side.