Namibia And Uganda Continue Fine Form In Windhoek

Sikandar Raza hitting a six. PHOTO/ICC

Uganda followed up its win over Zimbabwe with a wicket victory against Nigeria

 Namibia makes it four wins on the trot as Kenyan winning streak comes to an end

  Zimbabwe keeps alive qualification hopes with a massive win against Rwanda

WINDHOEK, Namibia- Efficiency was the order of the day on day six of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier in Windhoek, as Zimbabwe, Uganda, and hosts Namibia all secured convincing victories.

Uganda built on their historic win over Zimbabwe with their third victory of the tournament against Nigeria on Monday afternoon, bowling out the West Africans for just 99. Dinesh Nakrani continued his excellent week by snaffling three for 21, while Bilal Hassun and Alpesh Ramjani claimed two wickets apiece.

Team Uganda celebrating Dinesh’s wicket. PHOTO/ICC

Joseph Adedeji’s 23 was the only notable contribution for Nigeria, as they came back to earth after their Sunday exploits. The chase was controlled by Uganda, thanks to Ronak Patel’s classy 60 not-out from 52 deliveries. He splashed nine boundaries around the park, as he and Roger Mukasa (28 not out) added 67 to take their team home by nine wickets.

In morning action, Zimbabwe trounced Rwanda by 144 runs, after being put into bat. Skipper Sikandar Raza hammered four sixes on his way to 58 from just 36 balls, while opening partner Tadiwanashe Marumani belted 50 off 31 balls, with three sixes of his own, as they added 99 for the first wicket.

Oluwasesan Adedeji batting. PHOTO/ICC

Ryan Burl’s 44 not out from 21 balls then put the icing on the cake, as Zimbabwe scored a tournament-high 215 for four in 20 overs.

In response, Rwanda’s top order was blown away early, as they were reduced to 15 for five by the end of the Powerplay. Richard Ngarava (three for 11) did most of the damage upfront, while Raza (three for 3) cleaned up the tail with a hattrick, to complete a massive victory.

Ronank Patel at the crease. PHOTO/ICC

The hosts Namibia enjoyed a rest day on Sunday, but they hit the ground running on their return to action on Monday morning against Kenya. The bowlers throttled all scoring from Kenya, with Gerhard Erasmus (one for 10) and Helao YaFrance (one for 11) putting a lid on the middle overs.

The wickets were shared across the team, with Tangeni Lungameni taking two wickets, as Kenya wilted to 104 for six in their innings. Irfan Karim (43 not out) toiled alone and that total was never going to prove challenging for the Namibians.

Dinesh Nakrani player of the match with Match Referee Gerrie Pienaar. PHOTO/ICC

Namibia made efficient work of the chase, even though they lost their top order fairly cheaply, slipping to 39 for three in the first seven overs. Jan Frylinck’s composed half-century steadied the ship, and he took them home, ending on 57 not out from 41 balls.

The win continued Namibia’s unbeaten run in the competition and brought them ever closer to a ticket to the West Indies, for next year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. They can clinch that ticket when they take on Tanzania in the only match on Tuesday at Wanderers.

Player of the match Sikandar Raza. PHOTO/ICC

Tanzania won the toss and put Namibia in to bat this morning…

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Scores in brief:

Uganda v Nigeria

Nigeria won the toss and elected to bat.

Nigeria 99 all out in 19.1 overs (J Adedeji 23, D Nakrani three for 21, B Hassun two for 12, A Ramjani two for 20)

Uganda 100 for one in 17.3 overs (R Patel 60 not out, R Mukasa 28 not out)

Uganda won by nine wickets, with 15 balls to spare

Rwanda v Zimbabwe

Rwanda won the toss and elected to bowl.

Zimbabwe 215 for four in 20 overs (S Raza 58, T Marumani 50, R Burl 44 not out)

Rwanda 71 all out in 18.4 overs (D Ndikubwimana 30, S Raza three for 3, R Ngarava three for 11)

Zimbabwe won by 144 runs

Namibia v Kenya

Namibia won the toss and elected to bowl.

Kenya 104 for six in 20 overs (I Karim 43, T Lungamene two for 19, G Erasmus one for 10)

Namibia 106 for four in 15.2 overs (Jan Frylinck 57 not out, JJ Smit 14 not out)

Namibia won by six wickets, with 28 balls to spare

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