Monday, October 18
Rwanda 63 (15.1/20 ov)
*Uganda win by 106 runs
Uganda Cricket Cranes thrashed Rwanda to pick their maintain a perfect start at the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub regional qualifiers.
Uganda who chose to bat first, set a 169/4 courtesy of heavy workload from the top order – Saudi Islam and Simon Ssesazi had 43 and 32 runs respectively before Ronak Patel scored an unbeaten 63 runs off 37 balls.
A good fielding team, inspired by Dinesh Nakrani 3-9, Franco Nsubuga 2-10 and Henry Ssenyondo 2-10, constricted Rwanda 63 all out in the 15th over as Uganda strolled to a deserved 106-run win.
“We noticed that the wicket would deteriorate later on in the evening and basing in scoreboard pressure and spin attack that we have we thought that it was the right decision,” said Cricket Cranes captain Deus Muhumuza on why they opted to bat first after winning the toss.
“Credit goes to the top order batsmen and Saudi Islam and Ronak Patel. Also, all the bowlers did all the basics like we had earlier planned, led by veteran Franco Nsubuga. It was a good win and team performance.”
The win is the second for Uganda who started the campaign with a victory against Malawi on Saturday.
Uganda sit second behind Ghana who has played a game more.
The Cricket Cranes who need to top the group to qualify for the Regional finals, takes a rest on Monday before a double header against Lesotho and Eswatini on Tuesday. They will then end the round robin with Ghana and Seychelles on Thursday and Friday respectively.