Kwibuka T20: Tanzania make it five in five; Kenya, Botswana and Uganda also bag wins
Tanzania’s dream run in the ongoing Kwibuka T20I tournament continued as they defeated hosts Rwanda by five wickets to bag their fifth consecutive win on Tuesday, June 14. Kenya, Botswana and Uganda also emerged victorious on the sixth day of Kwibuka as they overcame Nigeria, Germany and Brazil respectively. While Kenya outclassed Nigeria by 42 runs, Botswana beat Germany by 17 runs and Uganda cruised past Brazil by 84 runs.
Kenya ease past Nigeria
Nigeria’s skipper Etim Blessing won the toss and opted to field at the Gahanga Cricket Stadium in Kigali. Kenya’s skipper Queentor Abel (47 runs off 50 deliveries) provided the team with the kind of start they were looking for. Abel alongside Mary Mwangi added 43 runs for the opening wicket before Mwangi was trapped in front of the stumps by Abdul Rukayat in the ninth over.
Kenya’s batters failed to capitalize on the opening stand and lost a cluster of wickets in the middle phase of their innings. It looked as if they were going to get restricted under 100 but a cracking knock from Sarah Weloto steered them over the 100-run mark. Weloto smashed unbeaten 27* runs off just 12 balls, including two fours and two sixes and took her side to 119.
In reply, there was hardly any intent shown by any of the Nigeria batters as they remained behind the eight ball from the outset.
Deprived of scoring opportunities, Nigeria batters tried looking for singles and doubles that were not really there and got run out in the process. Salome Sunday was the only one who could put up a fight as she played an unbeaten 36*-run knock off 47 balls to reduce the margin of loss. Nigeria eventually managed 77 runs in their 20 overs and lost the contest by 42 runs.
Tanzania sink Rwanda to consolidate their top position
Hosts Rwanda won the toss and opted to bat at the IPRC OVAL in Kigali to put up a good score on the board but it wasn’t to be. They lost their openers in quick succession as both fell inside the first six overs. The bowling pair of Tabu Saidi and Nara Saidi tormented Rwanda’s batters badly and didn’t let them get away with the run rate at any stage of their innings.
The pair picked seven wickets between them while giving away just 27 runs, with Tabu bagging a four-wicket haul and Nara picking up a three-fer respectively.
Rwanda’s skipper, Diane Bimenyimana, was the only batter who stepped up to the challenge and it was her unbeaten 32* run-knock off 39 balls that helped the team to reach 93 in 20 overs for the loss of seven wickets.
In pursuit of 94, Tanzania’s opener Fatuma Kibasu (31 runs off 31 balls) held one end together right from the start and that helped the side. Tanzania also couldn’t start well and were reduced to 19 for the loss of two wickets inside four overs. But a solid 49-run stand between Kibasu and Hudaa Mrisho (34* runs off 31 balls) eventually steered them home with five wickets and 29 balls to spare.
Uganda thump Brazil
Brazil won the toss and asked Uganda to set a score on the board at the IPRC Oval in Kigali. Wicket-keeper batter, Kevin Awino, and Gloria Obukor got Uganda off to a healthy start as they stitched a 71-run stand. Awino, in particular, played some really good-looking strokes during her 69-run knock that included eight fours. Her half-century gave Uganda’s innings the impetus it required.
Awino’s knock helped her side to post 141 on the board for the loss of six wickets despite the other batters failing to contribute.
142 was always going to be a tough ask for Brazil and that’s what it turned out to be. Brazil’s batting order couldn’t stand up to the disciplined bowling and fielding display from Uganda and fell like a pack of cards. Uganda were so good in the field that six of Brazil’s batters couldn’t even managed to get off the mark. It was their opener Lindsay Boas, who scored 31 runs and guided Brazil to a respectable total of 57.
Botswana trump Germany to bag their first
Botswana got the better of Germany in the last game of the day to finally pick up a win in the tournament. Germany bowled well after winning the toss at the Gahanga Cricket Stadium in Kigali and restrained Botswana’s batters right from the word go.
The pair of Christina Gough and Sharanya Sadarangani were instrumental with the ball as they picked up a two and a three-wicket haul respectively. Their spells restricted Botswana to a mere 92 in 19.2 overs.
Chasing 93 to win, Germany never got going during their innings as Botswana bowled in the right areas and made life extremely difficult for German batters.
Germany struggled right from the outset and eventually folded for 75 in as Onneile Keitsemang emerged as the wrecker-in-chief for Botswana and bagged a four-wicket haul.
Kenya 119/5 in 20 overs (Queentor Abel 47; Abdul Rukayat 2/22) beat Nigeria 77/4 in 20 overs (Salome Sunday 36*; Sarah Wetoto 1/18) by 42 runs
Rwanda 93/7 in 20 overs (Diane Bimenyimana 32*; Tabu Saidi 4/8) lost to Tanzania 94/5 in 15.1 overs (Hudaa Mrisho 34*; Gisele Ishimwe 2/11) by five wickets
Botswana 92 all out in 19.2 overs (Oratile Kgeresi 16; Sharanya Sadarangani 3/8) beat Germany 75 all out in 14 overs (Janet Ronalds 12; Onneile Keitsemang 4/21) by 17 runs
Uganda 141/6 in 20 overs (Kevin Awino 69; Nicolecervone Monteiro 4/46) beat Brazil 57 all out in 17.5 overs (Lindsay Boas 31; Janet Mbabazi 3/8, Everlyneanyipo 3/13) by 84 runs