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Peter Ongondo: Gaining impetus

It is sometimes the little known cricketers that make the biggest difference in crunch situations. When Sri Lanka came up against the unfancied Kenyans at the Gymkhana Club Ground in Nairobi few people gave them a chance of tasting victory. When Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field, it looked like the Kenyans would not reach 200. Despite some good batting by Kennedy Otienno, the run rate did not nearly look healthy enough. Peter Ongondo coming at number ten however, put in a cameo innings that changed all that. Smacking the ball around for a quickfire 20 off just 18 balls, Ongondo helped Kenya reach 210. Remarkably Ongondo was the only batsman in either side to score at better than a run a ball!
[Peter Ongondo Player Profile]


Collins Obuya: Shocking the favourites

Teams from the subcontinent are generally regarded as accomplished players of spin bowling. When Sri Lanka took on the Kenyans at the Gymkhana Club Ground in Nairobi, they would have been pleased as the home side were bowled out for a mere 210. For a batting line-up that included the likes of Aravinda de Silva and Sanath Jayasuriya this target seemed easily attainable. That is until Collins Obuya stood up and decided to make a name a name for himself. The leg-spinner was adjudged Man of the Match for a superb spell of bowling, running through the Sri Lankan middle order to claim five wickets for 24 from ten overs. Clearly, it was Obuya’s effort that made all the difference between victory and defeat for the Kenyans. A remarkable feat that helped Kenya create history.
[Collins Obuya Player Profile]


Collins Obuya: Double trouble

As if it was not enough snatching five wickets, Collins Obuya showed that he was no mean fielder either. The leg-spinner who walked away with the Man of the Match award for his matchwinning figures of 5/24 from 10 overs made the most of the two chances that came his way. The first was when the talented middle order batsman, Mahela Jayawardene spooned one catch down the wicket. Obuya fielding off his own bowling took a fine catch to send the batsman on his way. Soon after, he repeated the feat, this time to dismiss the aggressive Chaminda Vaas. Obuya clearly demonstrated his value with his fielding apart from just his bowling!
[Collins Obuya Player Profile]

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