Uganda 87/9 in 20 overs
Sri Lanka Development Side 88/5 n 15 overs
Sri Lanka Development won by 5 wickets.
Amidst an intriguing encounter between Uganda and the Sri Lanka Development Squad, cricket enthusiasts were treated to a captivating showcase of talent and determination.
The Ugandan team embarked on their first training session in Sri Lanka yesterday, marking the beginning of their 14-day training camp in Ceylon Land.
With seven T20 games lined up against select sides in Sri Lanka, the stage was set for an exhilarating series of matches.
However, in their inaugural game today, the cricket Cranes faced a tough challenge as they succumbed to a defeat by 5 wickets. Despite a valiant effort, Uganda was bowled out for a total of 87 runs.
Dinesh Nakrani emerged as a standout performer with the bat, contributing a commendable 29 runs, while Brian Masaba’s resilient 21 provided vital support to the team’s innings.
On the Sri Lanka Development side, Malsha Thrupati showcased her bowling prowess, picking three crucial wickets with an impressive economy rate of 5.
In the chase, the Sri Lanka Development Side exhibited skill and resolve, reaching their target of 88/5 without much difficulty. Dinesh Nakrani continued to make an impact, this time with the ball, claiming impressive figures of 3/19.
Despite the loss, this encounter underscores the competitive spirit of both teams and serves as a testament to the ongoing development and growth of cricket, both in Uganda and on the global stage.
The cricket Cranes encountered difficulties in their batting lineup, with key players such as Roger Mukasa, Simon Ssesazi, and Ronald Lutaaya departing cheaply without contributing any runs, which likely contributed to their defeat.
Furthermore, the games are taking place in a new environment, and it’s possible that the team is still adapting to the conditions, particularly considering the proximity to the shores at Galle International Stadium.
However, Galle, a charming city nestled on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka, provides a picturesque setting with its stunning backdrop along the shores of the Indian Ocean, further enhancing the allure of the tournament.
As the team savors the shore breeze, they will regroup and endeavor to correct their mistakes ahead of their next game, scheduled for tomorrow at the same venue.
This ongoing tournament serves as crucial preparation for the Cricket Cranes as they gear up for the T20 Men’s World Cup in the USA and West Indies.