East Africa T20: Cricket Cranes Suffer First Loss

Match Day Two results

Uganda 176/6
Tanzania 180/7
Tanzania won by 3 wickets

Tanzania got the better of Uganda by 3 wickets in a nervy contest at the East Africa Trophy T20 Cup ongoing at the Gahanga Cricket Oval in Kigali, Rwanda.

This game was a reminiscent of the Africa Cup final in South Africa last year, only this time, it was Tanzania chasing.

It was an equally poised game! Both teams witnessed half centuries; Ronak Patel getting 61 for Uganda while Ivan Selemani hitting 59 for his country, but the difference was, sixes rained in the Tanzanian innings.

While Uganda recorded a total of five maximums on their way to setting 176/6, Tanzania doubled that with Player of the Match, Selemani hitting 6 of those.

The partnership (89) of Selemani and Amal Rajeevan was one that crushed the Cricket Cranes. While Kenneth Waiswa recovered from conceding 26 runs inside two Overs to hand Uganda a glimpse of hope, a couple of misfields made it impossible for the Cricket Cranes to regain the control of the game.

Waiswa broke the aforementioned partnership by first clean bowling Selemani, but even when he dismissed both Kassim Chete and Rajeevan in the 18th Over, damage had already been done.

All the Tanzanian tailenders had to do was to score a run per ball in the last Over.

There was a possibility of a Super Over, but when wicketkeeper, Cyrus Kakuru off the bowling of Waiswa ran out Umar Sheikh with one run needed from one ball, the incoming batter Sanjay Kumar hit the last ball for a four and any hopes of reclaiming the game through a Super Over were squashed.

There were notable displays from Ugandans! Roger Mukasa and Ronald Lutaya scored 42 and 37 runs respectively and Alpesh Ramjani picked three wickets, but it was Tanzania who took the day.

Uganda still lead the table standings in Gahanga owning to their Match Day one opening victories.

They will return to action on Rwanda seeking to make amends.



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