Uganda Clinches Famous Win Over Zimbabwe In African Qualifiers

Ronak Patel facing Zimbabwe. PHOTO/ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa

WINDHOEK, Namibia- Uganda comfortably beat full member Zimbabwe to keep T20 World Cup dream alive

Ali Shah claims the Player of the Match award with a brilliant all-round display

 Prosper Useni stars with the bat again as Nigeria overcome Tanzania by three wickets

An inspired Uganda delivered the upset of the week so far, as they downed Zimbabwe in Sunday action of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier in Windhoek.

 The Ugandans had already sounded a warning to the rest of the competition by pushing Namibia on Friday. On Sunday, they took the lessons from that defeat and utilized them to great effect against Zimbabwe.

The associate nation won the toss and chose to bowl, and they hit the ground running. An inspired piece of fielding by talismanic captain Brian Masaba saw Tadiwanashe Marumani run out without facing a ball.

Masaba was a hive of activity, smelling the opportunity to do something special very early in the piece. His bowlers followed suit, similarly mixing their pace with what David Wiese of Namibia had done to them.

Winning moment for Uganda. PHOTO/ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa

Dinesh Nakrani was the pick, snaring three for 13 in his four-over spell. But he was not alone, as the pressure forced Zimbabwe to try and force the pace. Masaba, who was everywhere, helped himself to two catches in the outfield, to go with his run-out.

Skipper Sikandar Raza fought on valiantly, clattering four sixes in his 39-ball 48. Eventually, Zimbabwe had to settle for 136 for seven in their 20 overs, leaving the door open for Uganda. Incredibly, there was a run out in the opening over of the chase, too, as Simon Ssesazi was caught napping.

Ronak Patel (8) fell soon after, and Uganda needed to rebuild. Alpesh Ramjani (40 from 26 balls) and Roger Mukasa (23 from 33 balls) added 49 for the third wicket to bring some stability to the innings, as well as maintain a steady scoring rate. Ramjani smashed two sixes and four boundaries, to help transfer the pressure onto the Zimbabwe bowling.

Player of the Match Prosper Useni from Nigeria. PHOTO/ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa

When they fell, Riazat Ali Shah was on hand to take his side home. His 42 from 28 balls took his country to the brink, before Dinesh Nakrani finished off a famous victory, with five balls to spare.

In the second match of the day, Tanzania broke the mold by winning the toss and electing to bat first against Nigeria. Skipper Abhik Patwa signaled his intent by notching 52 from just 40 balls, spraying six boundaries to the fence.

He added 52 for the first wicket with Ivan Selemani (26), but there was precious little that followed by way of support from their team. Wickets tumbled regularly, as Nigeria’s accurate attack simply built pressure and watched Tanzanian batsmen try to do too much.

Tanzanian Bowler Harsheed Chohan. PHOTO/ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa

The Okpe brothers, Isaac and Sylvester, both picked up two wickets, as did Ridwan Abdulkareem for the Yellow Greens. The Tanzanian effort finally stopped at 139 for seven, with runs still very hard to come by.

The Nigerian chase was also looking for stability, but players kept getting in and then finding a way to get out. Sulaiman Runsewe (12), Ashmit Shreshta (17), Joseph Adedeji (24), and Abdulkareem (18) all got started, but there was still a job to be done.

Not for the first time this week, Prosper Useni took it upon himself, smashing three sixes on his way to a vital 31 not out. His power-hitting took the drama out of the final stages, as Nigeria secured a famous win at the senior level.

Riazat Ali Sha Player of the match. PHOTO/ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa

They won by three wickets and will now look forward to a mouthwatering clash with Uganda on Monday afternoon.

Namibia beat Kenya in this morning’s fixture at United while Zimbabwe made light work of Rwanda at Wanderers to stay in the hunt for qualification.

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Scores in brief:

Uganda v Zimbabwe:

Uganda won the toss and elected to bowl.

Zimbabwe 136 for seven in 20 overs (S Raza 48, I Kaia 23, D Nakrani three for 13, H Ssenyondo two for 25)

Uganda 138 for five in 19.1 overs (R Shah 42, A Ramjani 40, R Mukasa 23, R Ngarava two for 24)

Uganda won by five wickets, with five balls to spare

Nigeria v Tanzania:

Tanzania won the toss and elected to bat first.

Tanzania 139 for seven in 20 overs (A Patwa 52, I Selemani 26, R Abdulkareem two for 13, S Okpe two for 21)

Nigeria 140 for seven wickets in 18.4 overs (P Useni 31 not out, J Adedeji 24, R Abdulkareem 18, A Kimote two for 20, S Ally two for 26)

Nigeria won by three wickets, with eight balls to spare

Monday fixtures:

Namibia v Kenya, 9:30 am, United Cricket Club Ground

Rwanda v Zimbabwe, 9:30 am, Wanderers Cricket Ground

Uganda v Nigeria, 2:30 pm, United Cricket Club Ground

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