UAE put behind their disappointing start in Nairobi to beat Kenya by 4 wickets in an entertaining game at the Nairobi Gymkhana oval on Tuesday.
The toss favoured UAE and they elected to bowl first, however they failed to get the early breakthroughs which they achieved on the opening day. Nonetheless, the Kenyans after a promising start failed to capitalize on their advantage and saw a middle-order collapse interrupted their flow of runs and restricted the hosts to a 230 runs.
UAE paceman Shoiab Sarwar almost instantly returned the favour from the opening day spell by Rajesh Bhudiya, when he also accounted for half of the Kenyan wickets to fall finishing on 5 for 23.
Kenya had to thank Rakep Patel’s century of (124) and Tanmay Mishra’s (51) for their total, as the rest of the batsmen failed to register double figures in the match.
UAE’s batting had let them down on day one, but it came good second time round with half-centuries from captain Khurram Khan (65 not out) and Amjad Ali’s (60) ensured the visitors chased down Kenya’s total with some comfort.
Hiren Varaiya and Lucas Oluoch’s 2 wickets a piece attempted to derail the run-chase unsuccessfully. In the end Kenya, having shown yesterday were left to rue missed chances that put paid to their efforts of restricting UAE. Karan Kaul was the culprit, dropping a straight chance off the bowling of Rajesh Bhudiya at mid-on to hand Amjad Ali a second opportunity while he was only on 4.
The teams take a rest on Wednesday before embarking on the Intercontinental Cup on Thursday.