Kenya too strong for Canada in Sharjah

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Kenya ended their World Twenty20 qualification run in the UAE with a victory over Canada in Sharjah on Tuesday, securing their 11th place play-off by 21 runs.

Kenya ended their World Twenty20 qualification run in the UAE with a victory over Canada in Sharjah on Tuesday, securing their 11th place play-off by 21 runs.

The African side won the toss and chose to bat first, and put up a formidable 146 for seven thanks to a a solid effort by the top order. Canada were then all out for 125, with Steve Tikolo taking three wickets.

Veteran Tikolo was also superb with the bat as he and Nehemiah Odhiambo put on 58 runs for the first wicket. Odhiambo was out for 15 in the sixth over, caught by Raza-ur-Rehman off the bowling of Rizwan Cheema.

Tikolo continued to put in the big hits, making 40 off 23 balls before falling in the next over, bowled by Rehman. This left Duncan Allan and skipper Collins Obuya to put on a partnership of their own.

They added 35 runs, with Duncan making 18 before Harvir Baidwan removed him. Obuya also added a nifty 40 to the total, while Rakep Patel was the final batsman to reach double figures, adding 11.

The Canadian chase got off to a dire start as they lost both openers in the second over to Ragheb Aga, and the wickets tumbled regularly from there. Ashish Bagai was the top scorer with 48, but was unable to hold on to any partners.

Tikolo's three wickets took him to 11 in the tournament, third on the list in terms of numbers, which will please him considering he came out of retirement at the age of 42 for the tournament.

Canada were all out in the final over, with Bagai's valiant effort coming to and end via a run out. Canada finished the tournament with only two wins, while Kenya had four, including this one.

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