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New: India A make twice as much as Kenya on Day 1…

A lot of Indian media had been criticising the fact that the BCCI sent the A team to Kenya for match practise. Their point was clearly made today as Kenya were dismissed for 97, and India A finished the day for more than 200 for 4……

I wasnt expecting India A to be so much stronger. Everyone was there in the Kenyan team except for Odoyo.

It was however, a good omen that Kenya was landing in these A teams. This is best if the full team cannot make it. Hopefully they will give a better account of themselves in the second innings, and make something out of this oppurtunity.

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  1. Rich B
    August 6, 2007 at 2:40 am

    Last week the same India A side beat Zimbabwe (including a reinstated Taibu) by an innings and 233 runs, so I think an innings loss was always on the cards.

    It’s great for Kenyan cricket that the series is happening at all, though, and I fully expect them to be more competitive in the upcoming one day series in Nairobi.

  2. August 7, 2007 at 1:36 am

    Kenya lost this game by innings and 98 runs….. they ended up making 211 in the second innings……

    Well….. its a better performance compared to the first innings, but still not good even by associate standards in their home country…….. they were after all, playing an A team……

    Perhaps it is better for associates to play A teams from England, WI or NZ….. they tend to be be weaker….

  3. Bruce Gaskell
    August 7, 2007 at 2:32 am

    An Innings defeat but not a massacre, quite a few Kenyans got starts with the bat in the 2nd innings or picked up wickets. I’m not sure how strong an Indian A side this is, but should we really be surprised if Test countries’ A teams beat associates farily easily? These guys should be among the top 40 cricketers in India afterall.

  4. Tom Lewis
    August 7, 2007 at 4:30 am

    I am sure if Odoyo had been playing, and coupled with the fact that Tikolo and debutant Elijah Otieno were carrying injuries it would have been slightly closer. The Kenyans, have also lost the services of Ravi Shah, and another player Rageb Aga is unavaliable (who has been playing Second XI cricket for Sussex all summer) will be a important player when he finally appears for the Kenyans

  5. August 7, 2007 at 5:33 am

    Kenya does not have the amateur/ pro issues that many of the other top associates have…… plus Kenya were playing at home…… so the fact that they were, sort of massacred (India A could have gone on to make another 100 runs), by the A team of a side that they have beaten 2 times in ODI….. I dont think Kenya is setting that as it’s standard…….

  6. August 7, 2007 at 6:52 am

    Kenya will certainly not be happy with this performance, all excuses aside.

    Bottom line is that too many players were out trying to play scoring shots when they should have been concentrating on spending time in the middle.

    Until a domestic structure is set up to give players experience of the longer form of the game, this is always going to happen.

    It will be interesting to see how the team adapt for the second game and expect a stronger showing in the one dayers. Note that in terms of First Class experience, India A had a total of 398 games compared to Kenya’s 162 going into the Mombasa game – no real surprise they came out on top. Experience in terms of OD games should be closer and Kenya should fare better. I certainly hope they do.

  7. August 12, 2007 at 3:55 am

    Kenya is set to lose the second game as well by an innings …… once again, India A decalred at the loss of 5 wickets, otherwise the situation may have been worse…… while Kenya did not have Tikolo, who in any case has probably only a couple of years of cricket left, they had everyone else, especially their bowling had the starting 4…….

  8. Suji5
    August 13, 2007 at 4:22 am

    Kenya’s bowling was poor to say the least… odoyo bowled only two overs, tikolos offspin was missed, varaiya leaked too many runs than usual.well, i am happy that nightmare is over and we can move on to the one dayers and hope we are back to full strength 😀 🙂

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