Kwibuka T20: Tanzania, Nigeria and Kenya continue winning momentum, Brazil bag first win

Kwibuka T20: Brazil, Tanzania, Nigeria and Kenya (From L to R)

Tanzania outplayed Uganda while Brazil registered their first win of the Kwibuka T20 tournament in Kigali on Saturday (June 11). The defending champions Kenya stunned hosts Rwanda with a chase to remain unbeaten in the tournament as Nigeria also continued their winning streak. 

Tanzania make it two from two

Playing at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional College (IPRC) Oval in Kigali, Uganda won the toss and opted to bat first in the Kwibuka T20 Tournament. After a steady start, Uganda lost a few quick wickets to lose their momentum. Kewin Awino scored her maiden international half-century to take Uganda past 100 runs in the first innings. She received much-needed support from Janet Mbabazi, who scored 16 runs. For Tanzania, Nara Nassoro Saidi and Perice Zakayo Kamunya took two wickets each as Uganda scored 106 runs in the first innings.

In reply, Tanzania got off to a good start with the opening pair Fatuma Omary Kibasu and Swam Godfrey Mtae adding 33 runs. Tanzania faced a little wobble after a promising start as Sarah Akiteng took three wickets and captain Consylate Awekonimungu chipped in with one wicket. Hudaa Omary Mrisho remained unbeaten on 24 to guide Tanzania home with five wickets in hand as they registered their second win in the Kwibuka T20 series. 

Brazil overpower Germany

Germany won the toss and invited Brazil to bat first in the second match of the day at the Gahanga International Stadium. Daniella Staddon stood tall amongst early wobble and scored 29 runs to steady the ship. Renata de Souza helped her in the middle order as she posted 21 off 25 balls. Suzanne McAnanama-Brereton tried to restrict Brazil with her three-wicket haul, but Brazil posted 117 for eight in the first innings. 

Facing Brazil for the first time during Kwibuka T20, Germany’s chase started in the worst possible way as they lost Janet Ronalds in the first over. Sharanya Sadarangani and Asmita Kohli were the standout performers for Germany in the chase. Kohli scored 31 off 36 balls, including three boundaries, to give Germany some hope, but Nicole Covone Monteiro’s three wickets helped Brazil seal the victory by eight runs. 

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Nigeria keep marching on

In the second match of the day at the IPRC Oval, Botswana won the toss and opted to bat first against undefeated Nigeria. Botswana were rocked in the first over as Taiwo Abdulquadri dismissed Olebogeng Batisani for a duck. Florence Samanyika and Shameelah Mosweu tried to put life into Botswana innings but their efforts were cut short by tidy bowling from Nigeria. Tuelo Shadrack, batting at seven remained unbeaten on 26 and Botswana scored 88 for five in the first innings.

Nigeria’s chase for their third consecutive victory in the Kwibuka T20 started slowly as they lost Esther Sandy early in the innings. Eseigbe Favour scored 11 while Salome Sunday could only score four runs off eight balls. Opener Omonye Asika received much-needed help from the other end with Blessing Etim, who scored 19 off 21 balls. The pair added an unbeaten partnership of 50 runs for the fourth wicket. Asika remained not out on 33 and guided Nigeria towards their third win of the tournament. 

Defending Champions outclass the hosts

The defending champions Kenya and the hosts Rwanda faced each other at the Gahanga International Stadium in the final match of the day. Rwanda won the toss and opted to bat first. Kenya got their first breakthrough in the second over as Alice Ikuzwe was run out for one. Gisele Ishimwe (56*) and Marie Diane Bimenyimana (31) were the star performers for the hosts of Kwibuka T20 as they posted 113 for four in the first innings. 

For Kenya, Mercyline Ochieng was the most economical bowler and she took the important wicket of Bimenyimana as well. 

Kenya faced early trouble in the chase when they lost Veronicah Abugah for a duck. Venasa Ooko at three started the rebuilding process with Queentor Abel as the pair added 37 runs for the second wicket. Ooko continued to lose partners at the other end as Kenya’s middle order couldn’t provide her the support. She finally found a steady partner in Lavendah lidambo, batting at eight. Ooko scored her maiden T20I half-century as Kenya chased down 113 with two balls and four wickets in hand. 

Brief Scores:

Brazil 117/8 in 20 overs (Daniella Staddon 29; Suzanne McAnanama-Brereton 3/12) beat Germany 109/9 in 20 overs (Asmita Kohli 31; Renata de Souza 1/13) by eight runs

Uganda 106/6 in 20 overs (Kevin Awino 55*; Nasra Saidi 2/18) lost to Tanzania 107/5 in 17.3 overs (Saum Mtae 26, Hudaa Mrisho 24; Sarah Akiteng 3/23) by five wickets

Botswana 88/5 in 20 overs (Tuelo Shadrack 26*, Shameelah Mosweu 24; Eseigbe Favour: 2/8) lost to Nigeria 89/3 in 15.2 overs (Omonye Asika 33, Blessing Etim 19; Shameelah Mosweu 2/13) by seven wickets  

Rwanda 113/4 in 20 overs (Gisele Ishimwe 56*, Marie Diane Bimenyimana 31; Queentor Abel 1/11) lost to Kenya 114/6 in 19.4 overs (Venasa Ooko 57, Queentor Abel 19; Henriette Ishimwe 2/19) by four wickets