All-round Irish performance demolish Kenya in T20 Qualifier
Irish skipper William Porterfield scored a quick fire 56 to help Ireland secure a 10-wicket victory over Kenya in the second round of group matches at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Kenya who chose to bat after winning the toss succumbed to Paul Rankin’s pace who ended up picking 3 for 20 off his 4 overs. He removed both openers danger man Alex Obanda (0) caught behind before cleaning up Duncan Allan (3) 2 overs later; he then completed his impressive show by accounting for skipper Collins Obuya for nought.
Only Tanmay Mishra offered any resistance with a 32-ball 28 but even his efforts were not enough to help Kenya avoid an embarrassing display.Mishra the only Kenyan batsman to get to double figures stood firmly at one end while the wickets fell regularly at the other, his innings included 3 fours.
The Irish were off to a flyer in their chase of the small target of 72 as the Kenyans tried every trick to stop them in their tracks unsuccessfully. Porterfield’s innings the chief contributor in the chase faced just 27 balls and struck 8 fours and 3 sixes in his explosive inning.