Africa T20 Cup: Uganda Edge Kenya Nail-biter To Storm Final

Wednesday, September 21
Kenya – 105/8
Uganda – 107/7 (17.3/18 ov)
*Uganda won by three wickets (DLS)

Thursday, September 22
Final: Uganda Vs Botswana – 4pm

Uganda Cricket Cranes have reached the final of the inaugural Africa T20 Cup after a closely contested semifinal against neighbors Kenya.

Uganda held their nerves down the stretch to win by three wickets and book a place in Thursday’s final against Tanzania who beat Botswana.

In the game delayed by rain that led to Overs to be reduced to 18, Uganda needed a late burst by All-rounder Riazat Ali Sha who hit three straight sixes en-route to victory.

“It’s one of the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the tournament,” Cricket Cranes captain Brian Masaba said after the game.

“The pitch was not the easiest to bat on so we are glad we won the toss and put them in and then managed to restrict them to a score we could easily chase. And the boys put up their hands to drag the team over the line.”

Uganda restricted Kenya to 105 in the allotted 18 overs thanks to Kenneth Waiswa (4-22) and Juma Miyagi (2-13), with Kenya’s Irfan Karim falling two runs before his half century.

Uganda looked in control chasing 105, but opener Masaba was taken off with just one run to his name.

Simon Ssesazi and Riazat looked to have steadied the ship before the former went off for 22 off 20 balls.

And in the 14th over, Kenya rose up when Vraj Patel picked two wickets and three dot balls to leave Uganda at 73/5, trapping Ramjan and Kenneth Waiswa in that order.

Riazat who had waited to feast on poor deliveries, ran out of patience and decided to take matters into his own hands when Uganda needed 24 in the last two overs.

He banged three sixes in succession in the penultimate Over before he was caught at long-off going for a win.

Kenya’s Lucas Ndandason redeemed himself once again, bowling out Pascal Murungi on the subsequent delivery and a dot on the next.

Uganda needed four runs off the final over which was bowled by Rakep Patel. Juma Miyagi hit four on the first delivery, followed by a dot ball, before he, alongside Fred Achelam, ran between the wickets to force a winning-two on the third ball for a famous win.



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