231 should have been a chaseable score, and thanks to the lusty hitting of Peter Ongondo towards the end, it nearly turned out to be within Kenya's grasp. As it was, we were again let down by our top order. Kennedy Otieno's bad run continued as Mashrafe Mortaza dismissed both him and his brother David lbw to have Kenya reeling at 2-27. Tikolo and Modi steadied the ship briefly, but disaster struck when Razzak caught Tikolo off his own bowling. Modi followed shortly after, and then Odoyo to bring the score to 5 - 85. It was not looking good for Kenya, but out of the blue Collins Obuya and Tanmay Mishra set about rebuilding the innings. They built a partnership of 71 before Collins was adjudged lbw to Mohammad Rafique for 45. Kenya still had a mountain to climb in terms of run rate, but with Mishra solid at one end, Peter Ongondo came in and set about trying to win the match. As long as he was at the crease, one felt Kenya were in with a chance. In the end it was not to be, and he was uprooted by Rafique, but he had got Kenya to within sniffing distance. 7 -207, and a couple of quick boundaries would have seen Kenya in with a chance, but Bangladesh proved they are no longer chokers as they finished off the tail. Mishra again short of his fifty, this time by only two runs. He may be only 19, but he needs to stand up in the team meeting and demand to be moved up the order. His talent is too great to waste batting at 7. Had he been at 3, he probably would have 2 fifties for the series, and Kenya would have got a lot closer to winning tonight. As it was, we got within 20 runs before running out of wickets and overs in that order, but only just. Like the bowling, there are both bright points and worries with this batting performance. Bright points are, in my order of preference: Peter Ongondo's heroic effort to try and win us the match. Tanmay Mishra's continued improvement. Collins Obuya making up for his lack of bowling penetration. Hitesh Modi should probably get a mention too for helping steady the innings. A gutsy effort from the team, but let down by the experienced players who should be leading the way. Let's hope for everyone's sake that Tikolo, Otieno and Odoyo find their form for Saturday.
All in all, I felt that today Kenya were able to leave the field with their heads held high, despite the loss. Again it is difficult to allocate the points, but at least this time because there were several worthy performers. My points are as follows: 3 points: Peter Ongondo for his great spell to dismiss the Bangladeshi dangermen, and for his fighting 27 off 17. He is rapidly developing into one of Kenya's key players.
2 points: Tanmay Mishra for again being Kenya's highest scoring batsman. I nearly gave these points to Tikolo for his bowling, and considered Collins Obuya for his batting. In the end, I decided that they were let down by the discipline they were picked for, so 1 point each instead. Don't forget to put in your vote ON THE RED POLL.