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Easter Youth ODI Series: Kenya U19 Continues Winning Streak with 8-Wicket Victory over Rwanda U19

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Result

Rwanda U19 124 all out in 36.5 overs
Kenay U19 125/2 in 30.0 overs

Kenya Under-19 won by 8 Wickets

As matchday three of the Easter Youth ODI Series drew to a close, Kenya U19 extended its impressive winning streak with an emphatic 8-wicket victory over Rwanda U19.

Rwandese Captain Rukundo Confiance, winning the toss, opted to bat first.

However, Rwanda U19 struggled to make an impact, posting a total of 124 runs for the loss of 10 wickets in 36.5 overs.

In contrast, Kenya U19 chased down the target with ease, reaching 125 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in just 30 overs.

Notably, Rwandese batters showcased improved performance compared to their previous match against Uganda U19.

Yves Cyusa continued his explosive form, scoring 33 runs off 45 balls, supported by contributions from Theoneste Hakuziyaremye (28 off 31) and Manishimwe Emmanuel (14 off 36).

During Rwanda’s innings, by the end of the twenty-second over, they stood at 101/3.

As they aimed to bat out all the overs, they faced the challenge of maintaining their wickets.

However, despite their efforts, they struggled and continued to lose wickets.

By the 37th over, they had only managed to add 23 runs to their total before being bowled out.

The pitch, having been used for three consecutive days, appeared to favor spin.

While Kenyan seamers Arshdeep Kundi and Yusuf Khamala Mukoya faced difficulties, the introduction of spinners Stian Smith and Akshith Sekar presented significant challenges for Rwanda’s batting lineup.

Stian played a crucial role in Kenya’s bowling, delivering 9.5 overs with an outstanding economy rate of 1.53, conceding only 15 runs and claiming two wickets in his final over.

Meanwhile, Sekar made a significant impact by taking 4 wickets in his 8 overs, maintaining an economy rate of 1.75.

During the chase, Kenyan U19 captain Yash Gohil opened the batting and scored 23 runs off 32 balls before being caught by Confiance Rukundo off Gihozo Elysee’s delivery.

Making his debut in the series, Yuvraj Bhatyani impressed with the bat, scoring 32 runs off 54 balls.

Stian Smith showcased his prowess with both bat and ball, contributing significantly to Kenya’s victory.

Apart from his bowling performance, he scored 46 runs off 40 balls, narrowly missing out on a half-century by just 4 runs.

His outstanding all-round performance earned him the well-deserved Player of the Match award.

While Rwanda exhibited brilliance in the field, their total should have been higher to pose a competitive challenge.

Kenya’s composed batting lineup capitalized on the favorable conditions, securing another convincing win.

Despite Gihozo Elysee and Theoneste Hakuziyaremye picking up wickets for Rwanda, it wasn’t enough to defend the score.

Kenya U19’s unbeaten streak keeps them atop the table.

Meanwhile, Rwanda, yet to win a game will enjoy a rest day tomorrow, while Uganda U19 prepares to face Kenya in another thrilling showdown of another mijyingo derby.

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