Osinde stars as Canada shoot out Kenya for 198

It was Osinde, bowling with control and extracting some good movement, who drew first blood after Kenya opted to bat.

By Jamie Alter

 

New Delhi: Mar 7, 2011

 

The start was all movement and wickets, led by the big and fast Henry Osinde, and though they took their feet off the gas, Canada will feel comfortable at having kept Kenya to 198. At 57 for five, even 100 looked a fair bit away, and if it hadn’t been for Tanmay Mishra and Thomas Odoyo Kenya might have been severely embarrassed.

 

It was Osinde, bowling with control and extracting some good movement, who drew first blood after Kenya opted to bat. A little bit movement did for Maurice Ouma, who limply pushed at one just outside off stump and edged into Harvir Baidwan’s lap at second slip. Seren Waters’ thoroughly disappointing tournament continued as he played down the wrong line and was bowled to leave Kenya bleeding at seven for two. Osinde’s repeated away movement had the batsmen pushing and prodding, and it was inevitable that David Obuya would nick one behind. 

 

Baidwan bowled well and without luck initially – in one over Collins Obuya edged between the wicketkeeper and slip and chipped tantalizingly wide of mid-on – while Osinde continued to beat the bat during a great opening spell (7-2-16-3). 

 

The appearance of spin in the form of young Parth Desai loosened the shackles momentarily as Collins Obuya danced out to club four and six off the rookie left-armer. However, he too was unable to convert a start and was bowled off an ugly heave at Baidwan. Steve Tikolo’s idea of hitting his way out of a slump ended unfortunately. He was adjudged lbw on review, though the replays suggested there was an inside edge as Rizwan Cheema became the third seamer to pick up a wicket. 

 

Mishra and Jimmy Kamande, an adhesive crease-occupier, offered some resistance with a 52-run partnership in just over 14 overs. Mishra was able to rotate the strike well while Kamande refused to play the big strokes. A push here and a nudge there enabled the duo to tick along but some poor running between the wickets cost them a few valuable runs. Kamande, who toughed it out when those before him couldn’t, stayed at the crease for 58 balls scoring 22, but could not resist cutting a ball from Balaji Rao into Ashish Bagai’s gloves (109 for six). 

 

That Kenya made it to 198 from here was thanks to the sensible batting of Mishra and Odoyo. Mishra’s driving down the ground and between the covers was confident and allowed Kenya to pose a comeback as Canada seamed to slip into consolidation mode after knocking out half of the Kenyan team. He swept anything off line and collected 71 percent of his runs on the leg side. Mishra did all the hard work initially, defending and blocking when wickets fell about him, while Odoyo came out and lifted the mood with some hard-hit drives.

 

Just after crossing fifty, Mishra fell trying to up the tempo and was caught at extra cover off John Davison. The next man in, Nehemiah Odhiambo, became Osinde’s fourth wicket without any fuss.

 

Odoyo, Kenya’s most-capped player, had provided sensible assistance in a 57-run alliance with Mishra and he was left to flail the bat as wickets fell. He injected 51 valuable runs, with five boundaries, to the total and with Elijah Otieno further frustrated Canada until Baidwan ended Kenya’s innings with the last ball of the innings.

 

Brief Scores: Kenya 198 all out in 50 overs (Tanmay Mishra 51, Thomas Odoyo 51, Collins Obuya 31; Henry Osinde 4 for 26, Rizwan Cheema 2 for 30, Harvir Baidwan 2 for 41, Balaji Rao 1 for 36 ) vs Canada

 

(Jamie Alter is a freelance cricket writer, having worked at ESPNcricinfo and All Sports Magazine.His first book, The History of World Cup Cricket, is out now)

 

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Osinde stars as Canada shot out Kenya for 198
By Jamie Alter
Delhi: March 7, 2011
The start was all movement and wickets, led by the big and fast Henry Osinde, and though they took their feet off the gas, Canada will feel comfortable at having kept Kenya to 198. At 57 for five, even 100 looked a fair bit away, and if it hadn’t been for Tanmay Mishra and Thomas Odoyo Kenya might have been severely embarrassed.
It was Osinde, bowling with control and extracting some good movement, who drew first blood after Kenya opted to bat. A little bit movement did for Maurice Ouma, who limply pushed at one just outside off stump and edged into Harvir Baidwan’s lap at second slip. Seren Waters’ thoroughly disappointing tournament continued as he played down the wrong line and was bowled to leave Kenya bleeding at seven for two. Osinde’s repeated away movement had the batsmen pushing and prodding, and it was inevitable that David Obuya would nick one behind.  
Baidwan bowled well and without luck initially – in one over Collins Obuya edged between the wicketkeeper and slip and chipped tantalizingly wide of mid-on – while Osinde continued to beat the bat during a great opening spell (7-2-16-3).  
The appearance of spin in the form of young Parth Desai loosened the shackles momentarily as Collins Obuya danced out to club four and six off the rookie left-armer. However, he too was unable to convert a start and was bowled off an ugly heave at Baidwan. Steve Tikolo’s idea of hitting his way out of a slump ended unfortunately. He was adjudged lbw on review, though the replays suggested there was an inside edge as Rizwan Cheema became the third seamer to pick up a wicket.  
Mishra and Jimmy Kamande, an adhesive crease-occupier, offered some resistance with a 52-run partnership in just over 14 overs. Mishra was able to rotate the strike well while Kamande refused to play the big strokes. A push here and a nudge there enabled the duo to tick along but some poor running between the wickets cost them a few valuable runs. Kamande, who toughed it out when those before him couldn’t, stayed at the crease for 58 balls scoring 22, but could not resist cutting a ball from Balaji Rao into Ashish Bagai’s gloves (109 for six).  
That Kenya made it to 198 from here was thanks to the sensible batting of Mishra and Odoyo. Mishra’s driving down the ground and between the covers was confident and allowed Kenya to pose a comeback as Canada seamed to slip into consolidation mode after knocking out half the Kenyan team. He swept anything off line and collected 71% of his runs on the leg side. Mishra did all the hard work initially, defending and blocking when wickets fell about him, while Odoyo came out and lifted the mood with some hard-hit drives.  
Just after crossing fifty, Mishra fell trying to up the tempo and was caught at extra cover off John Davison. The next man in, Nehemiah Odhiambo, became Osinde’s fourth wicket without any fuss.
Odoyo, Kenya’s most-capped player, had provided sensible assistance in a 57-run alliance with Mishra and he was left to flail the bat as wickets fell. He injected 51 valuable runs, with five boundaries, to the total and with Elijah Otieno further frustrated Canada until Baidwan ended Kenya’s innings with the last ball of the innings.
Brief Scores: Kenya 198 in 50 overs (Tanmay Mishra 51, Thomas Odoyo 51, Jimmy Kamande 22; Henry Osinde 4 for 26, Rizwan Cheema 2 for 30, Harvir Baidwan 2 for 41, Balaji Rao 1 for 36 ) v Canada.  
(Jamie Alter is a freelance cricket writer, having worked at ESPNcricinfo and All Sports Magazine.His first book, The History of World Cup Cricket, is out now.)