Kwibuka T20: Tanzania brush aside defending champions Kenya to win second title

Tanzania won their second Kwibuka T20 title. © Rwanda Cricket

Tanzania capped off a perfect tournament by winning their eighth match on the trot to win the Kwibuka T20 tournament for the second time in Kigali, Rwanda on Saturday (June 18). Their bowlers did the star turn as they bowled defending champions Kenya out for just 70 to register an emphatic win by 44 runs.

Tanzania’s bowlers live up to their billing

Facing the defending champions and record four-time winners Kenya in the final of the Kwibuka T20 tournament at the Gahanga Cricket Stadium, Tanzania won the toss and opted to bat first, perhaps because they had done the same in their group stage match against the same opposition. They had won that match by 38 runs after putting 153 runs on the board.

Kenya’s bowlers put in a much improved display this time around, restricting Tanzania to just 114 in 20 overs, but their ground fielding left a lot to be desired as they spurned a few catches. Wicketkeeper Sharon Juma, in particular, had a rough day behind the stumps and gave multiple lives to top-scorer Perice Kamunya as she missed multiple stumping opportunities before finally managing to stump her off captain Queentor Abel, who led the way with the ball and in the field.

Tanzania’s in form opening pair of captain Fatuma Kibasu and Swam Mtae got them off to a good start and even hit a few boundaries before Fatuma was dismissed for 17 while taking a risky run. Mtae was next batter to be dismissed, falling to Abel for nine.

The running between the wickets continued to be shaky from Tanzania, with five of their 10 batters falling to run outs. The mindless running was brought about by the pressure that Abel and her fellow off spinner, the tall and impressive Esther Wachira exerted.

Both Abel and Wachira ended with two wickets each, conceding just 20 and 22 runs respectively off their four overs. Kamunya gave more than a few opportunities as she routinely stepped out of her crease to loft the spinners but her high risk approach paid dividends for her as she scored a rapid 29 off just 24 balls before taking one risk too many.

Tanzania’s bowlers had been the most impressive right through the tournament, not conceding more than 115 in any of the group stage matches and they continued in the same vein in the final, with Nasra Saidi leading the way.

Nasra got the innings off to the perfect start by taking the big wicket of the dangerous Abel with the very first ball of the innings.

Kenya seemed to be completely rattled by that dismissal as they lost their way and slumped to 31-6 midway through the ninth over after gifting as many as three run outs to their opponents, who were much more sharper in the field.

Wachira and Daisy Njoroge then stitched together a partnership but the asking rate had already gotten out of hand by then. Saidi returned impressive returns of 3-12, while Agnes Qwele finished with 2-8 after dismissing both Njoroge and Wachira, who was the last wicket to fall after top-scoring with 17.

Uganda outclass Rwanda to finish third

The third-place playoff between hosts Rwanda and Uganda saw Uganda completely outclass the home team as they coasted home by eight wickets in a one-sided contest.

Uganda won the toss and opted to field and captain Consylate Aweko proved her decision right by striking off just her third delivery, the ninth of the match, to dismiss Gisele Ishimwe.

That was followed by a procession of wickets as only Henriette Ishimwe, Gisele’s sister, managed to get into double digits as Rwanda were bowled out for a paltry score of 50 in 17.2 overs. Aweko (3-7) was well supported by left arm spinner Sarah Akiteng, who picked 3-8 off just 3.2 overs.

Rwanda’s new ball pair of Immaculee Muhawenimana and Belyse Murekatete bowled with a lot of fire and venom with the new ball. Murekatete’s struggled to control the swing and movement but she managed to dismiss both of Uganda’s opener – Kevin Awino and Gloria Abukor – in her very first over as they struggled to deal with her searing pace and movement.

That brought together the vastly experienced pair of vice captain Janet Mbabazi and Rita Musamali. Mbabazi and Musamali struggled with their running between the wickets but Rwanda’s fielders failed to nail their direct hits as the veterans saw their team home and secured a third-place finish in the Kwibuka T20 tournament.

Brief Scores:

Rwanda 50/10 in 17.2 overs (Consylate Aweko 3/7, Sarah Akiteng 3/8) lost to Uganda 54/3 in 9.4 overs (Rita Musamali 17*; Belyse Murekatete 2/20) by eight wickets

Tanzania 114/10 in 20 overs (Perice Kamunya 29; Queentor Abel 2/20) beat Kenya 70/10 in 20 overs (Nasra Saidi 3/12, Agnes Qwele 2/8) by 44 runs