Karim century steers Kenya past Canada

Karim century steers Kenya past Canada

Karim century steers Kenya past Canada

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Irfan Karim’s maiden century steered Kenya to a second win in three days over Canada in the ICC World Cricket League Championship match played at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai, UAE.

Karim’s knock which included 11 boundaries came from 137 balls and he rotated the strike to ensure the Kenyan inning was built around him. He partnered with skipper Collins Obuya for a match changing 117 run third wicket stand that took the game away from the Canadians.

The bowl bounced quite a bit on the surface and Karim battled from a blow to his helmet in the 3rd over to register his highest One Day International score, a feat that won him the man of the match accolade.
Karim’s opening stand with Alex Obanda (29) had yielded 48 runs in just 6.4 overs before the later was adjudged caught behind off Henry Osinde. The opening pair had put up a brilliant response to Canada’s total which seemed sizeable on the day.

Canada themselves had started their innings brightly, putting up a 95-run opening stand in 14.4 overs before the openers were separated by Ragheb Aga who snared Hiral Patel to wicketkeeper Morris Ouma for 36. Nehemiah Odhiambo and Obuya got onto the act to stifle the North Americans ambition of putting up a huge total.

The Canadian middle-order was not given an opportunity by the Kenyans to cut loose and they failed to capitalise on the death overs when only 12 runs were yielded off the final five. An astonishing bowling return considering that Canada had already made 238 runs in 44.3 overs.

The two teams meet again on Friday for back to back Twenty20 matches at the same venue.

Courtesy of Cricket Kenya

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