Obanda smashes way to Har­i­lal Shah tour­na­ment fi­nal

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY DUN OKINYO/

Alex Obanda pro­duced a fine dis­play of Twenty 20 bat­ting on Satur­day to guide Swamibapa to a six-wicket vic­tory over arch-ri­vals Kan­bis and lead his side into the fi­nals of the Har­i­lal Shah Me­mo­rial tour­na­ment.

Af­ter the two teams drew their NPCA league matches, fans had pre­pared for a nail bit­ing semi­fi­nal of the third edi­tion and were not dis­ap­pointed-thanks to Obanda’s knock and Kan­bis bru­tal­ity on Swamibapa’s bowl­ing at­tack.

Hav­ing elected to bat, Kan­bis showed no mercy racing to 66 for in six overs be­fore fi­nally end­ing on 170 for 7.

But if the bat­ting of Kan­bis top or­der bats­men was any­thing that could have made the ca­pac­ity crowd at Sikh Union rise off their seats, then Obanda’s at­tack. Bowler left the seats un­oc­cu­pied through­out Swamibapa’s in­ning.

Obanda scored a match win­ning 89 not out off 57 balls to lead his side to the fi­nal with ten balls to spare.

With the tar­get of 171 look­ing big­ger, Swamibapa opted to open with Ne­hemiah Odhiambo and Obanda.

With two wick­ets down and two of their main bats­men in the for­mat back in the pav­il­ion, Obanda took the load of see­ing Swamibapa closer to vic­tory if not win­ning on him­self and quickly moved his tally to 20 runs in just nine balls.

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