Steve Tikolo ripped through Scotland's tail in Tuesday's ICC World Twenty20 qualifier in Dubai as Kenya claimed a comfortable a 92-run win.
After Kenya reached 183-7 thanks to an unbeaten half-century from Ragheb Aga, Scotland briefly threatened to chase their target down through Richie Berrington, David Murphy and Rob Taylor.
But veteran spinner Tikolo took four wickets during a seven-ball cameo to end Scottish hopes.
Kenyan's qualifying campaign is now back on track while Scotland lost for the third time in Group B after the high of Monday's eight-wicket win over Nepal.
Aga would reach his half-century with the penultimate ball of the Kenyan innings as the Africans set Scotland a target of 184 for victory.
A flurry of boundaries from Tikolo (20) and Alex Obanda (25) and a brief but prosperous stand from Eric Odhiambo (26) saw Kenya race to 77-3 inside eight overs.
However, Morris Ouma (five) and Thomas Odoyo (nought) both fell to successive balls from Iain Wardlaw to slow down the run rate.
Majid Haq, who had already trapped Odhiambo lbw, then Rakep Patel caught at deep midwicket for 12 runs but there was no stopping Aga as he plundered 52 off 25 balls, including eight boundaries.
Captain Collins Obuya also impressed on his way to making 36 off 60 balls before he was run out in the final over to leave Kenya on 183-7.
Berrington found the boundary three times from 13 balls and reached 19 before finding Shem Ngoche at mid-on off Odhiambo. Matt Machan was promptly caught and bowled by Ngoche for 13.
The sixth over was a sign of things to come as Calum MacLeod (one) and Kyle Coetzer (15) succumbed to successive deliveries from Hiren Varaiya, the latter Scot skittled by a deceptive delivery.
The steady Taylor added 17 more runs - including two big sixes - before Odoyo took his wicket and Kenya turned the screws in the decisive 12th over.
Gordon Goudie (one), Murphy (20) and Safyaan Sharif (nought) were all dismissed by Tikolo and at 89-8, Scotland found themselves needing an unlikely 95 runs from 48 balls to win.
Neil Carter soon went for a single off Ngoche and when Aga took a dolly from Wardlaw at mid-on three balls later, it was all over.