Tanmay Mishra (106) and Duncan Allan (104) both scored centuries to help Kenya XI beat hosts Andhra Pradesh XI by 57 runs in their second one-day game the Y.S.R. ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh today.
The home side had put the Kenyans to bat and they were left to rue that decision as opener Allan and Mishra put on a 175-run 3rd wicket partnership to propel Kenya to a big total.
Allan had lost both the Obuya brothers cheaply, David (13) and Collins (10) falling victims to the good work by the Pradesh keeper Chitambareswara Rao who took a diving chance to dismiss the opener and then completing a stumping chance to remove the Kenyan skipper, but he found a willing partner in the diminutive Mishra whom they together worked well to pull Kenya clear.
Allan’s century included five sixes and eight fours from 110 deliveries. Ajay Kumar was the biggest casualty of Allan’s onslaught as he went for 26 off his initial four overs. He carved open the off-side with his typical cover drive off the fourth ball of the opening over before launching a double blow to the bowler in the third over of the innings.
Allan’s brilliant show was brought to an end when he tried to hit out against the bowling of SK Naushad who cleaned him out with scores on 213.
Mishra effort included nine fours and a six from 112 balls and perished to a regulation catch at mid-wicket by SH Srinivas off the bowling of MS Deepak who finished with 2 for 70.
Some late hitting from Alex Obanda 28 from 20 balls and Maurice Ouma’s 20 from 11 balls with both batsmen smashing two sixes apiece and in the process helping Kenya cross the 300-run mark.
The Kenyan bowlers suppressed Pradesh’s chase as they shared the wickets around with four bowlers picking two wickets each. Bharath Reddy’s resistance was broken when he fell to a catch by James Ngoche off Shem Ngoche for 49. Srinivas 34 was the other batter who delayed the imminent Kenyan victory with his handsome batting that also saw him clobber a six and four boundaries.