Canada spurns chances and is dismissed for 234, finishing day two 95 runs behind; Steve Tikolo backs up his first-day batting heroics with a brace of key wickets
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A cautious half-century from Canada middle-order batsman Zameer Zahir has just about kept his side in the match but it?s Kenya that?s in the driving seat after day two of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match in King City, Ontario.
Other contributions from Sandeep Jyoti (39), Khurram Chohan (31) and Umar Bhatti (30) made sure Canada stayed in touch but with so many batsmen establishing themselves at the crease only to get out before making a truly significant score, the home team will feel it did not do itself justice and now has a lot of work to do to save this match.
With wickets being taken at regular intervals throughout the day Canada was all out for 234 not long before the close and as the Kenya openers added 12 without loss before stumps, the east Africans are now very much in control of this match leading by 95 runs with all 10 second-innings wickets intact.
Zameer showed patience and a solid defence as he waited for the bad ball, compiling 57 runs off 131 balls, 40 of which came from nine scoring shots (seven fours and two sixes). But just as he looked set for a big score (he had brought up his 50 two overs before with a towering six) he was run out by Alex Obanda.
Nehemiah Odhiambo took three wickets for Kenya and the hero of the first day, Steve Tikolo, bowled well as he finished the innings with figures of 2-16 off 13 overs, including seven maidens and the key wickets of Abdool Samad and Ashish Bagai. With his innings of 158 in the first innings, it has been a match to remember so far for the veteran all-rounder.
Kenya will look to bat Canada out of the match on day three so the home side will be calling on the likes of Henry Osinde, Umar Bhatti and Khurram Chohan to take the wickets that might give Canada?s batsmen a realistic fourth-innings target.
ICC Intercontinental Cup 2009-10
At King City, Ontario
Kenya: 317 all out, 86.1 overs (Steve Tikolo 158, Alex Obanda 36; Henry Osinde 3-28, Sunil Dhaniram 2-42) and 12-0, seven overs
Canada 234 all out, 92.4 overs (Zameer Zahir 57, Sandeep Jyoti 39, Khurram Chohan 31, Umar Bhatti 30; Nehemiah Odhiambo 3-60, Steve Tikolo 2-16, Hiren Varaiya 2-54)
Kenya leads Canada by 95 runs with 10 wickets in hand
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The ICC Intercontinental Cup has quickly grown in stature and profile since its inception five years ago and now the ICC?s premier first-class tournament is an integral part of the Associate Members? cricket schedule.
Having previously been designed around a two-group, three-day format, the event then evolved into an eight-team, round-robin and truly global tournament featuring four-day cricket which gives those teams who do not play Test cricket the chance to experience the longer form of the game.
This year?s format will include seven teams (Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands, Scotland and Zimbabwe XI) while a new competition, the ICC Intercontinental Shield will involve four teams below that, namely Bermuda, Namibia, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.
Scotland won the first ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004, beating Canada in the final, while Ireland has been victorious in all three events since then, beating Kenya in the 2005 decider, Canada in the 2006-07 event and Namibia in 2007-08.
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