Saturday, March 25, 2006

Bangladesh Runchase vs Kenya 4th ODI - running updates

BANGLADESH WIN.
No surprises there I guess. I am going to go and lick my wounds and try and make sense of this. Yes we were runs short, as I said earlier, I felt another 20 would have been safer. Still, I cannot understand the bowling changes. Mishra gets given the last over. Bashar finishes with a six. That sums up the whole of the last 20 overs for me. There are bowlers who were not bowled out who were either taking wickets, or keeping the run rate down. Why they were not used, and bowlers who were going for 8 or nine an over were has to be explained. If it can be. I was peeved enough at the batting line up, and yet that has nothing on this. I hope something gets sorted out when the team gets back, and before they take on Holland. Kenya are going to find the next few years hard enough without being our own worst enemy.
SALEH REACHES CENTURY:
My apologies. I was so caught up in Kenya's ridiculous choice of bowlers that I missed a very important part of this match - Saleh reaching his century. A great effort, and will surely go down as the man of the match performance.
KAMANDE AND SUJI CONTINUE.
3 off Kamande, at least he is tighter now. Suji concedes 10 runs. Bloody hell. Kenya have really sold ourselves short this match. We were only about 20 runs short batting, but could have done so much better in defending this total. My mind boggles that
SUJI GETS MORE PUNISHMENT:
Will someone who understands this please explain why Suji (5 overs, no wickets, 47 runs) is still being bowled, while Ongondo (6 overs, 1 maiden, 1 wicket and 20 runs) still has overs left. #$%%&^%Q!@!!!! Even Luseno who at least has a wicket and has 3 overs left would make more sense. One very unhappy Kenyan here.


KAMANDE KEEPS IT TIGHT, BUT TOO LATE:
Only one off that last over by Kamande. Too late though. Only a miracle will prevent Bangladesh from winning by 7 wickets now.

SUJI JOINS THE PUNISHMENT:
We used to have a queue at school outside the headmasters office where naughty boys would line up for the cane. It is a bit like that out theerre for Kenya now. Suji was expensive in hid first three overs, and his fourth is little better. 8 off it. i', normally a fan of Tikolo's captaincy, but I canno tunderstand why Ongondo is not being allowed to finish his overs unless he is injured!

TIKOLO PERSISTS WITH KAMANDE:
I'm not sure why, but Jimmy Kamande continues to bowl. He has no wickets, and is going for 6 an over. Why Tikolo does not come back to bowl, or bring on Ongondo is beyond me. It could be to give Kamande experience. I can think of no other reason. 5 off his over including a wide. Bangladesh bring up their 200 with the last ball of the over. Only a matter of time now unfortunately.

ODOYO RETURNS, BUT NO JOY:
12 runs off his first over back, and I would say it is all but over now. Bashar moves to his half century courtesy of two runs off the last ball, but it was Saleh who really did the damage.

KAMANDE BACK ON FOR OBUYA:
A strange decision considereing Obuya's last over. Kamande again fails to stem the runs, but it is too late for Kenya to be looking to keep the lid on. We now need to make a concerted effort to take wickets. There is no other way we can win this match. Kamande goes for 6, and Bangladesh move to 183.

BASHAR TARGETS LUSENO AS HE NEARS 50:
A four and a two to start Luseno's 7th over bring Habibul Bashar to within touching distance of his half century. A single and a 3 mean that ten come off the over altogether. Surely Tikolo has to return himself to stem the flow or bring back Ongondo or Odoyo. It is all very well holding them back, but it may be too little too late by the time they return to bowl if he does.
Bangladesh very comfortable on 3-177 after 33. They only need a mere 3.3 an over now.

BETTER 2nd OVER FROM OBUYA:
After a wide to start it off, Collins Obuya has come back with a much better second over. This is a good sign for Kenya. Hopefully that will restore his confidence a little. Bangladesh 3-168 after 32. Please someone get a wicket!

BANGLADESH IN CONTROL:
I was going to say Luseno seems to bowl better with an older ball than a ripe cherry. Then Bashar hits him for four. I still think this is something Kenya need to look at. His second spell has so far only conceded 7 runs off 2 overs. interesting. We shall see how it continues to pan out. Bangladesh in cruise control on 3-162 after 31. Current partnership is now 103. Less than 4 an over and with wickets in hand. Not looking good for Kenya at all.

COLLINS OBUYA ON:
It might have been Luseno last over. Still not quite sure. Steve Tikolo has brought on Collins Obuya to replace Jimmy Kamande. Hopefully, he can get some turn and bounce out of the pitch. Bashar and Saleh get a single each off the first two balls. The rest of the over continues the same way. No dot balls at all, so doesn't look like he is posing too much of a problem.
Bangladesh looking strong on 3-156 with 20overs still to go. For the first time, the run rate required dips below 4 an over. Not good.

29th OVER BETTER FOR KENYA:
I'm not sure who bowled, but it only gave away a wide and a single. Better stuff from the Kenyans, let's hope they can keep up the pressure.

KAMANDE STILL NO PROBLEM FOR BANGLADESH:
With Bangladesh taking an easy 5 runs from Jimmy Kamande, I wonder whether Tikolo will risk giving an over to Collins Obuya. He went for 8 off his only over last match, and that he has not yet bowled shows that the Kenyans are still not convinced he will get his old form back. Maybe it is time to take a bit of a risk, and see if he can get some turn to trouble the batsmen.

TIKOLO'S 5TH OVER GOES FOR 4:
The current partnership is 81 runs, and is looking like being the one that may decide the match. Required run rate is still just above 4, but it is gradually dipping away.

EXPENSIVE BOWLING FROM KAMANDE:
9 runs came off the 26th over including a four bye. Steve Tikolo who is working so hard down the other end must be tearing his hair out. His problem id that with 25 overs remaining, only himself, Thomas Odoyo and Peter Ongondo have been economical. They have only 13 overs left between them leaving him 11 to fill with the more expensive bowlers. This game could well slip away unless Kenya can find a way to tie up Bangladesh or take a couple of wickets.

TIKOLO KEEPS HIS LINE:
Another good over from the Kenyan captain, only going for 2. With him at one end, it might be an idea to bring one of the strike bowlers on at the other end to try for a wicket. Bangladesh 3-125 at the half way mark of their innings. At this stage, the money would definitely be on Bangladesh to successfully chase the target.

SALEH SAILS PAST 50:
Again, Kamande gets hit for six runs as Rajin Saleh cruises to 51 with yet another boundary. His 50 has come off 66 balls, and includes 9 fours. Great batting, but time for Kenya to bring it to an end. If they don't this match could slip away all too quickly. Bangladesh 3-123 after 24.

MAIDEN FROM TIKOLO:
Steve Tikolo leads by example: This is what I want guys. Great bowling, and just what Kenya need: . . . . . . !!!

MORE BOUNDARIES FOR BASHAR:
Peter Ongondo had him for a duck last match, and Habibul Bashar seems to be intent on revenge off Kamande's bowling. Consecutive fours in the middle of the over take Bangladesh onto 117 off 23 overs. Kenya really need to put the screws on somehow here.

TIKOLO GIVES AWAY SINGLES:
Only four singles from Steve Tikolo's last over. Better than boundaries, but with the required run rate only 4.3, every dot ball is to be treasured now.

ONGONDO NOW GOES FOR SIX:
Bangladesh seem good at leaving it to the last couple of balls. This time it was a two thenm a four, though this time, it is Bashar, the captain who makes the runs.

SALEH CONTINUES TO IMPRESS:
Steve Tikolo, as expected brings himself into the attack, but Saleh manages to get the last ball of the over away for a boundary for Bangladesh to take 6 off the over. 3-98 after 19. Kenya needing a wicket as Bangladesh near 100.

ONGONDO TOILS ON:
Again, it took leg byes to get him away initially. Peter Ongondo was unlucky to go for 4 that last over. Hopefully if he gets some more support down the other end, Kenya will get another wicket or two. I feel the only way we can win this match will ne to bowl out Bangladesh. 3-96 after 18.

EXPENSIVE SUJI GETS TASTE OF HIS OWN MEDECINE:
Tony Suji was brutal with the bat easrlier on, but is feeling the effects of the same treatment as ghis third over goes for 13 including 3 fours. Rajin Saleh really enjoyed that piece of bowling, it is time that Suji got a break and someone else got brought in. Possibly either Tikolo himself, or Jimmy Kamande to try some spin. Bangladesh looking dangerous on 3-88 after 17.

ONLY EXTRAS SCORE FROM ONGONDO'S 4th:
A great over from Peter Ongondo. Only a leg bye off the second ball prevents it from being a maiden. Tony Suji need to follow suit and keep the pressure on the batsmen. Bangladesh are 3-75 after 16 overs. Run rate is 4.69, current required run rate is now 4.44. Close stuff at the moment if Kenya can keep a lid on it.

SALEH CONTINUES TO LOOK DANGEROUS:
Bangladesh opener Rajin Saleh continues to plunder the bowling tokeep Bangladesh hopes very much alive. THis time, he takes two fours of Tony Suji's second over. It is not a good start for Kenya's fourth bowler. Hopefully Ongondo can add further to his tally at the other end.

ONGONDO DELIVERS:
Just as ordered a wicket from the ever reliable Peter Ongondo. Asraful, who was beginning to look dangerous departs caught Luseno for 10, and Bangladesh are 3-66 after 14 having scored 4 runs off the rest of the over.

SUJI"S FIRST OVER GOES FOR 9:
Tony Suji's introduction as proved expensive going for 9 runs off his first over. Kenya desperately need a wicket to put the clamps on this chase.

ONGONDO TIGHTENS IT UP:
Only a 2nd ball wide prevented Peter Ongondo registering a maiden in his second over. A good comeback after his first over. Peter has struck every match this year so far, if he can keep it tight and do that again tonight, he will really make an impact on the match. Bangladesh now 2-53 after 12.

NO BALL AND SINGLE ONLY AS ODOYO TIGHTENS THE SCREWS:
A much better over from Thomas Odoyo to keep the pressure on Bangladesh. He needs to get rid of the no-balls, already he has almost given away an extra over, but on the whole is bowling very well. Always a man who gives his all for Kenya, tonight is no difference.

ONGONDO FAILS TO MAINTAIN PRESSURE:
Kenya's first change bowler, Alfred Luseno continues to leak runs as Bangladesh maintain their scoring despite the loss of wickets. Asraful, the new batsman hit a 4 and a two off the last two balls to take Bangladesh to 2-50 after 10 overs. They are ahead on runrate, but may be concerned by the loss of wickets. Hopefully, Kenya can strike again.

ODOYO STRIKE TO MOUNT THE PRESSURE:
Thomas Odoyo gave away a single off his second ball to give dangerman Aftab Ahmed the strike. Aftab hit it straight back to the bowler who took the catch. A huge wicket for Kenya. Dot balls the rest of the over mean that Bangladesh are wobbling a bit on 2-43 after 9.

AHMED GIVES LUSENO THE TREATMENT:
After four balls, it was looking like a good over. dot, leg bye, dot dot. Unfortunately, the last two were sent racing to the boundary. 9 off the over. Bangladesh race to 1-42 after 8. That over certainly helped ease the run rate. Kenya in need of another wicket to keep the pressure on.

ODOYO ADDS TO EXTRAS:
Other than a no-ball, this was a better one from Thomas Odoyo in that it did not concede a boundary. 4 came from it including the no-ball, the other three singles. Saleh moves to 9 and Ahmed to 1. Bangladesh 1-33 after 7. Run rate continues to hold at about that required.

LUSENO STRIKES BACK:
The third ball of Luseno's third over made it look like Groundhog Day. After watching two, Nafees calmly despatched him the the boundary for 4. Then something new happened. Luseno took a wicket. Nafees, who has been the main aggressor is out caught Tikolo, and the youngster has his first ever ODI wicket. It has been a while coming, but let's hope it is the first of many. Luseno has been talked up as having great potential. This is the first time he has actually delivered anything. Bangladesh 1-29 after 6. Run rate is currently 4.8 - just above the asking rate. Aftab Ahmed is the next batsman in, and faces two dot balls to end the over.

BANGLADESH CONTINUE GOOD START:
They seem to be waiting for the bad ball, and punishing it. Odoyo gave away a wide off the first ball. Extras is something Kenya must keep to a minimum to have any hopes in this match. 6 off the over, and Bangladesh move to 0-25 after 5 overs. A very different start from the Kenyan innings!

LUSENO CONTINUES TO BE EXPENSIVE:
I have said it before that I don't mind a bowler giving away a few runs if he takes wickets. Alfred Luseno needs to start taking wickets if this experiment of opening with him is to continue. His second over went for 8 runs including a 4 and 2 from Saleh who is opening with Nafees.

ODOYO GIVES AWAY 5:
A four and a no ball spoilt an otherwise tight over by Thomas Odoyo. Bangladesh move on to 0-11 after 3 overs. Still below the asking run rate, but these are early days, and boundries before the batsmen get set is a bit of a worry. Hopefully Odoyo can repeat his efforts from the last match easrly overs and keep the Bangladesh openers tied up.

Bangladesh are off to a cautious start against Kenya. Odoyo opened the bowling, and only gave away one single from his first over. Luseno was chosen as the second opener, and has conceded 5 runs including a boundary off his first.
After 2 overs, Bangladesh are 0-6, and the run rate required is now 4.7.

2 comments:

A dissapointed kenyan well-wisher said...

Hello Chemosit,
I am a Bangladeshi Cricket Fan. I was really lookin forward to the kenya-bangladesh series because to me this rivalry was almost like india-pakistan or aus-eng. but i ve to say i am extremely dissapointed by the performance of the kenyan team. wat happened to the side dat played the world cup semi-final only 3 years back?????
wat happened to the guy who took srilanka apart????(i dont know abt u but C.Obuya might still have the same name but isnt the same bowler to me) Where is M.Odumbe???????
when i first heard kenya ws comming to bangladesh the image dat came to my mind ws the dancing of M.Odumbe after the fall of evry Banladesh wicket at the world cup 2003. i dearly wanted revenge. but what happened ws extremely unfortunate. kenyan cricket is ( rather was) much better than this performance. waiting to hear from u. plz come to the banglacricket fan forum

Anonymous said...

4-0 whitewash...what a shame