Kwibuka T20: Tanzania continue unbeaten run with clinical win over Germany

Tanzania celebrate a wicket © Rwanda Cricket Association

Tanzania continued their unbeaten run in the Kwibuka T20 tournament with a win over Germany at the Gahanga Cricket Stadium in Kigali on Monday (June 13). Captain Fatuma Kibasu was the star with the bat and an all-round bowling performance restricted Germany as Tanzania registered a clinical 58-run win.

Having opted to bowl, Germany had an early breakthrough when Asmita Kohli struck to remove Saum Mtae for a duck. Shufaa Mohamedi joined Kibasu and stayed with her for a while to take the score to 28 in the fourth over.

Once Mohamedi fell, Kibasu went on the attack and hit Kohli, Shravya Kolcharam and Sharanya Sadarangani for boundaries. Although Hudaa Mrisho scored only three, Kibasu was already batting on 33 when Mrisho fell.

From 56 for 3, Kibasu took Tanzania to 88 with Nasra Saidi. Soon after the fall of Saidi, Tanzania skipper brought up her 50 from 41 balls. However, her opposite number for the day, Christina Gough introduced herself into the attack and struck twice with the wickets of Kibasu and Perice Kamunya.

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With the score reading 91 for 6, it looked like Tanzania will struggle to post a competitive total. But Mwanaidi Swedy and Neema Mageni had other ideas. Swedy started with a boundary off Stephanie Frohnmayer and Mageni hit three fours in quick time. 44 runs came in the last four overs as Tanzania finished on 147 for 7 from the stipulated 20 overs.

Mageni fell to a run out, but not before scoring 35 off 21 balls, while Swedy remained unbeaten on 16 off nine balls. For Germany, Gough picked up two wickets giving away 25 runs.

Like in their bowling effort, Germany started well with the bat as Gough hit a couple of fours in the second over. At the end of the third over, they were on 19 for no loss. But Tanzania soon came back into the game with the wicket of Janet Ronalds as Zinaida Jeremiah struck to trap the opener in front of the wicket.

From there, Germany struggled to get a move on as Gough and Sadarangani played out dot balls. And it eventually told on them forcing Sadarangani to hit out, but the batter could only find Mrisho at long-on, who took a good catch.

Gough and Wilhelmina Hornero Garcia added 41 runs for the third wicket, but it took them sometime and by the time Gough got out for 41, Germany were behind with Tanzania bossing the game.

Brief Scores: Tanzania 147/7 in 20 overs (Fatuma Kibasu 51, Neema Mageni 35; Christina Gough 2/25) beat Germany 89/7 in 20 overs (Christina Gough 41, Wilhelmina Hornero Garcia 20; Zinaida Jeremiah 2/8, Agnes Qwele 2/13) by 58 runs POTM: Nasra Saidi