Easter Youth ODI Series: Kenya U19 164-Run Partnership Leads to Second Consecutive Victory Over Uganda U19



Uganda U19: 203/9 (50 overs)
Kenya U19: 205/9 (47.5 overs)

Kenya U19 won by 1 wicket

On matchday four of the Easter Youth ODI Series, a remarkable 164-run partnership between Stian Smith and Yuvraj Bhatyani steered Kenya Under-19 to a thrilling one-wicket victory over Uganda U19.

Bhatyani’s impressive knock of 79 runs off 115 balls complemented Smith’s powerful innings, scoring 79 runs off just 76 deliveries set the tone for Kenya.

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Uganda U19 posted a competitive total of 203 runs, courtesy of Olipa Gerald’s consecutive half-century, scoring 70 runs off 90 balls.

Despite Uganda’s solid batting performance, Kenya’s bowling trio of Neel Doshi, Yug Patel, and Stian Smith, who each claimed two wickets, managed to contain their opponents.

During the first innings interview session, Stian Smith expressed confidence to the media, acknowledging Uganda’s total above 200 but remaining optimistic about Kenya’s ability to bat and take the game deep.

Despite Kenya losing two early wickets, including Prinay Galaiya and Kenyan skipper Yash Gohil, the resilient partnership between Smith and Bhatyani propelled Kenya back into contention.

In the decisive 48th over, Kenyan debutant Fortune Kyalo’s boundary, scoring 6 runs, proved pivotal in securing Kenya’s one-wicket victory.

Reflecting on Uganda’s performance, their inability to break the Smith-Bhatyani partnership proved costly.

Additionally, the decision to bring back Sohera Richard to bowl the crucial 48th over instead of persisting with Kidega Christopher, who had been performing well with four wickets, raised questions about Uganda’s bowling strategy.

As Uganda U19 aims to bounce back, they must regroup swiftly as they get ready to face Rwanda U19 tomorrow.

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