Tikolo almost single-handedly trumps Scotland

Kenya

A resounding all-round performance from the veteran Steve Tikolo saw Kenya orchestrate an upset 92-run victory over Scotland in Tuesday's World Twenty20 Qualifier fixture at the ICC Academy in Dubai.

A resounding all-round performance from the veteran Steve Tikolo saw Kenya orchestrate an upset 92-run victory over Scotland in Tuesday's World Twenty20 Qualifier fixture at the ICC Academy in Dubai.

Tikolo's quickfire cameo of 20, completed by two boundaries and as many sixes, catapulted the African unit to a formidable total of 183 for seven.

While the former captain's knock was not the most significant numerically, as all-rounder Ragheb Aba weighed in with a brisk 52 and captain Collins Obuya a cavalier 36, it certainly afforded the impetus required with the ball later.

The Scottish batsmen, admittedly, were rather poor in response. Intervals of defiance and occasional respite, however, required a solid showing from the Kenyan attack.

The 42-year-old Tikolo was unrelenting across a very brief spell, averaging a breakthrough with every second delivery. Left-arm spinner Shem Ngoche, meanwhile, complemented with a key brace.

Wicketkeeper-batsman David Murphy's standalone 20 was the highest score in a final tally of 91 all out – not even half as many runs scored by the opposition.

The result, coupled with Tuesday's defeat of Denmark, pushed Kenya to second position in Group B. The Netherlands continue to lead the eight-team pool.

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