Kenya started her quest for promotion to ICC World Cricket League Division Two on a wrong footing on Friday, losing to hosts Oman by five wickets at Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Muscat.
Batting first after winning the toss, Kenya set a target of 165 runs by the time all their batsmen were back to the pavilion in 49.2 overs in the ICC World Cricket Division Three tournament.
Kenya started her innings on wrong footing when opening batsman, Alex Obanda was clean bowled by Bilal Khan (2/31) for a duck with the fine ball of the first over with a score of a single run showing on the scoreboard.
Obanda’s opening partner, Irfan Karim, was also dismissed cheaply when Khan had him caught by Joinder Singh for two runs. Kenya’s top order collapsed early in the game as Kenya was eight runs for three wickets in 7.3 overs.
Rakep Patel, who bats in the middle-order, was Kenya’s top scorer with 36 that came off 64 balls with four boundaries. Sachin Budhia (34 off 50 balls with wo boudaries and a six), Gurdeep Singh (25 off 70 balls with two boundaries), Nehemiah Odhiambo (19 off 15 balls with two boundaries and a six) and Nelson Odhiambo (13 off 19 balls with one boundary were the only Kenya batsmen who posted double-digits on the scoreboard.
Kaleemullah was Kenya’s main executioner, taking four wickets for 26. Jav Odedia (2/25), Khawae Ali (1/17) and Fayazz But (1/32) were the other wicket takers.
In reply, Oman were home and dry, 166 with five wickets and 47 balls in hand. Zeeshan Maqsood played a captain’s innings, knocking unbeaten half a century, 53 that came off 93 deliveries with five boundaries.
Kenya’s wickets were taken by Dhiren Godaria (2/31), Bhudia (1/17) Nelson Odhiambo (1/9), and Shem Ngoche (1/27).
Meanwhile Uganda (167 for 5 in 36.2 overs) won their opening game when they beat Denmark (165 all out in 44.4 overs) by five wickets. Kenya will be back in action on Monday against USA.
Kenya, which plays in the ICC World Cricket League Division Three, is seeking promotion to ICC World Cricket League Division Two.