Team SA slip to defeat against Kenya in second match at African Games in Ghana

Team SA slip to defeat against Kenya in second match at African Games in Ghana

Team South Africa slipped to a 70-run defeat against Kenya in their second match of the African Games at the Achimota cricket oval in Ghana on Monday.

Kenya's win was set up by a half-century from Collins Obuya (58 off 47 balls) and a five-wicket haul by 18-year-old spinner Aarnav Patel (5-15). 

Kenya won the toss and opted to bat first and posted 141/6 from their allotted 20 overs before restricting South Africa to 71 all out with five overs to spare. 

The defeat comes just 24 hours after an impressive South Africa registered a 134-run win over hosts Ghana at the same venue. 

Obuya's knock proved the difference for the East African side, with Rakep Patel the next-best batter with 28 off 25 balls. 

Heinrigh Pieterse (2/23) ended the pick of the bowlers, while Dylan Bester (1/21), Jason Raubenheimer (1/30) and Jesse Prodehl (1/42) provided support. 

In reply, South Africa's batters struggled as captain George van Heerden, who recorded his maiden T20 century against Ghana, finished the top-scorer on 22. 

South Africa lost their first three wickets inside the powerplay with opening pair Maahir Joseph (12) and Pieterse (4) falling to the experienced Lucas Oluoch (2/10), before Lehan Botha was caught for one off Gerard Mwendwa (1/6). 

Van Heerden and Keagan Lion-Cachet (16) then combined to provide some respite with a 36-run stand - the highest of the innings. 

But regular wickets curbed any possibility of building momentum as South Africa slipped from 55/3 to 71 all out within the space of 4.4 overs. 

South Africa take on Uganda in their final Group A match on Wednesday. 

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