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Pakistan Academy beat Kenya by four wickets

Tuesday September 16 2008

Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam plays a delivery

Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam plays a delivery from Kenya spin bowler Jimmy Kamande as wicketkeeper Morris Ouma (right) looks on. Photo/CHRIS OMOLLO 


Fawad Alam knocked unbeaten century to steer the visiting Pakistan Academy to a four-wicket win against hosts Kenya at the Nairobi Gymkhana, Tuesday.

Alam top scored for his team with 108 not out and his century came from 157 balls with 14 fours.

His innings became a foundation on which the team crafted their victory. He was dropped twice in Jimmy Kamande’s 12th over of bowling. Kamande dropped him on the fourth ball of the over and the wicket-keeper, Morris Ouma missed a catch in the last ball.

At the time he was on 80. Pakistan Academy’s skipper, Khurram Manzoor led his side from the front and missed a century by two runs.

He shared a third wicket partnership of 59 with Anwar Ali (37).

Injured his right hand

His innings were cut short by Hiren Varaiya who caught and bowled him. Alam gave the visitors’ their best stand in the fifth wicket when he added 87 runs on the scoreboard with the help of Raheel Majeed (42) that took scores from 179 to 266.

The partnership was broken when Alfred Luseno got Majeed caught behind by the wicket-keeper. By lunch break the game was still open with Pakistan Academy on 153 for 3 chasing a 363 to win. By tea time the visitors had accelerated the run rate and took scores to 270 for 5.

Kenya (372 all out and 268 all out) saw the game slip threw their fingers by fielding poorly. Pakistan Academy (277 all out and 365 for 6) batted with confidence.

Kenya started the last day with their skipper, Steve Tikolo, watching the proceeds of the game on the sick bench. He injured his right hand thumb on Monday.

His absence from the ground was heavily felt by his charges who missed his services.