By Innocent Ndawula
Kwibuka Women's Twenty20 Tournament
Result - Game One
Tanzania 113/9 in 20 overs (Monica Pascal 53; Joyce Mary Apio 2/19) beat Uganda 108/9 in 20 overs (Esther Ilukor 36, Rita Musamali 19; Prince Zakayo 3/14) by 5 runs
Result - Game Two
Mali 6 All Out in 9 overs (Mariam Samake 1; Josiane Nyirankundineza 3/0, Margueritte Vumiliya 2/0, Diane Bimenyimana 2/2) lost to Rwanda 8/0 in 0.4 overs (Antoinette Uwimbabazi 2*, Josiane Nyirankundineza 5*; Youma Sangare 0/8 in 0.4 overs) by 10 wickets
Fixtures - Wednesday, June 19, 2019
10.30am: Mali vs. Tanzania
2.50pm: Uganda vs. Rwanda
Pre-tournament favourites Uganda will be hoping they can recover from an a first-hurdle slip on Day Two of the Kwibuka Women’s T20 Tournanent in the Rwandan capital of Kigali City today (Wednesday, June 19).
The Lady Cricket Cranes’ wings were clipped by five runs against Tanzania in the opening match of the tournament at the beautiful Gahanga International Cricket Stadium yesterday morning (Tuesday, June 18).
After losing the pre-match toss and asked to bowl, Uganda were in the driving seat as Tanzania gnawed at 41 for 6 in 10 overs. But coach Hamisi Abdallah’s girls combined for 72 runs in the last 10 overs; losing just three wickets in the process to set 113 for 9 in the allotted 20 overs.
Guilty of many mistakes
Uganda were guilty of many mistakes in the field; handful of catches were put down, several misfields were a mainstay and no less than a couple of catches were put down from Player of the Match Monica Pascal’s blade. Pascal ended on 53 off 53 with seven boundaries.
The chase was no easy for Uganda with the main batters; Damalie Busingye (0 off 2), Proscovia Alako (6 off 8), Rita Musamali (19 off 32), Immaculate Nakisuuyi (10 off 10) and Stephanie Nampiina (13 off 22) sent back to the dressing room for early showers.
Debutant Esther Illokur showed zeal with an unbeaten 26-ball 38 but there was no meaningful support from the tailenders as Tanzania’s bowlers led by Prince Zakayo (3/14) struck in regular intervals to ensure Uganda ended on 108 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.
Uganda coach Michael Ndiko has asked her girls to bury the hatchet and play without fear against Rwanda in Game Tw0.
“I have asked the girls to express themselves. There is no need for them to fear showcasing their abilities. Tanzania had no business beating us but they proved to us that we must work hard and smart. We had a good mix of talent. Hopefully the new girls can settle in quickly and play their natural games,” said the soft-spoken Ndiko, also a former national team opening batsman.
Rwanda on fire
Rwanda will be raring to go after their whitewash of ‘sorry’ debutants Mali whom they skittled out for a hockey score of six all out in nine overs. It took coach Joshua Mwanja’s Rwanda women just four balls to finish their chase.
The record for the lowest women's T20I team total before Tuesday was 14, China women's score against UAE women in January this year during the Women's T20 Smash in Bangkok. That was in reply to their opponents' 203 for 3, with China bowled out in just 10 overs.
UAE's victory margin - 189 runs - remains the biggest in terms of runs in women's T20Is, while Rwanda's latest win is now the record for the biggest margin of victory in terms of balls remaining - 116.
The Mali innings lasted nine overs, but only one of their six runs came off the bat, courtesy opener Mariam Samake. After that, it was a sequence of 10 ducks, with five extras.
For Rwanda, 19-year-old medium-pacer Josiane Nyirankundineza picked up three wickets without conceding a run, while medium-pacer Marie Diane Bimenyimana and legspinner Margueritte Vumiliya picked up two wickets apiece.
Bimenyimana was Rwanda's most expensive bowler, conceding two runs - from that single to Samake and a wide - in her three overs. Three of the Mali batsmen were out bowled, while three were caught in the outfield, and there were two lbws and two run outs.
Rwanda's reply was short and swift, openers Antoinette Uwimbabazi and Nyirankundineza knocking off the runs without any fuss off Mali's opening bowler Youma Sangare
Mali play Tanzania looking for a better showing in the Game Tw0. The tournamernt has Twenty20 International ranking status.
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