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Bilal shines as Cricket Cranes secure second victory during tour to Zimbabwe


The Cricket Cranes, led by Bilal Hassun’s remarkable performance, clinched their second victory against Takashinga Cricket Club during the Uganda tour in Zimbabwe.

Winning the toss, Uganda’s captain, Brian Masaba, relied on his team’s bowling strength and opted to bowl first.

David Wabwire initiated the bowling attack for the Cricket Cranes, finishing his allotted three overs without taking any wickets but conceding 28 runs.

Bilal Hassun, a right-hand seamer, continued his excellent form from the opening game by claiming four wickets in his four overs, operating at an economy rate of 4.5.

His exceptional bowling earned him the well-deserved Man of the Match accolade. All four of his wickets were bowled, proving troublesome for the Takashinga batsmen against his quick swinging deliveries.

Hassan collects his Man Of the Match award.

Supporting Hassun’s impressive performance, Henry Ssenyondo and Alpesh Ramjani contributed by picking up two wickets each, conceding 22 and 21 runs respectively in their four-over spells.

Tinashe Kamunhukamwe was the highest scorer for Takashinga Cricket Club with 30 runs off 25 balls, while other notable contributions came from Rodney Mupfdza (26 off 33), Keith Jaure (20 off 11), Kudzai Maunze (17 off 22), and Chambu Chibhabha (11 off 11).

Takashinga bowling.

However, the team was restricted to 123/8 in their allotted 20 overs.

In pursuit of the target, Uganda’s opening pair, Simon Ssesazi (38 off 24) and Ronak Patel (35 off 27), set a solid foundation.

Rogers Mukasa (11 off 8) and Dinesh Nakrani (9 off 15) contributed further before Kenneth Waiswa (16 off 11) and Alpesh Ramjani (11 off 5) sealed the victory for Uganda in the 17th over, achieving the required 124 runs and securing a convincing six-wicket win.

Although Takashinga bowlers Keith Jaure, Tapiwa Mufudza, Daich Nyandoro, and Cephas Zhuwao managed to claim a wicket each, their efforts weren’t adequate to restrain the Cranes from achieving the total.

With this win, Uganda leads the series 2-0 and gears up for the third game tomorrow November 15th, 2023, against Takashinga Cricket Club.

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