ICCT20World Cup Qualifiers

ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers: Cricket Cranes one win away from final tournament


The Uganda Cricket Cranes stand on the brink of qualifying for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after a resounding 33-run triumph over Kenya in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers.

To secure their spot in the upcoming tournament in the USA and Caribbean, they need just one more victory.

Cricket Cranes skipper decision to bat first proved fruitful and saw Simon Ssesazi as he notching impressive half-century (60 off 50) with five fours and two sixes, earning him the well-deserved Man of the Match award.

Expressing his elation, Ssesazi remarked, “This win is for the over 45 million people in Kampala. I had to deliver for my people.” His crucial innings propelled Uganda closer to World Cup qualification, instilling a sense of national pride.

Contributions from Dinesh Nakrani (40 off 23) and Riazat Ali Shah (26 off 24) fortified the team’s total of 162/5 in 20 overs.

Though Rakep Patel (26 off 17), Obuya Collins (34 off 38), and Sachin Bhudia (27 off 23) showed resilience for Kenya, their efforts couldn’t withstand Uganda’s collective prowess, bundling Kenya out for 129 in 19 overs.

Despite Bilal Hassun’s expensive overs, his crucial four-wicket haul (4 for 39) tilted the game in Uganda’s favor, ultimately securing victory against Kenya. Notably, Riazat Ali Shah claimed two wickets for 18 runs in his three overs.

Alpesh Ramjani’s vital contributions, dismissing key players like Obuya Collins and former Kenyan captain Shem Ngoche, proved pivotal in stifling Kenya’s resistance. This victory held significant meaning, especially given Kenya’s history.

Captain Brian Masaba acknowledged the unwavering support of the traveling fans, labeling the win as “the best gift” for because they have followed the team from the outset in Namibia.

Simon Ssesazi receiving his man of match award after the game.

Tomorrow’s game against Rwanda represents a crucial opportunity for Uganda to secure World Cup qualification.

The prospect of Zimbabwe being the sole Test-playing nation to miss the World Cup looms large, contingent upon Uganda’s performance against Rwanda. With a 100% win record against Rwanda in T20s, Uganda enters the match as favorites.

Additionally, the clash between Zimbabwe and Kenya adds intrigue to the qualifiers’ final stages, keeping spectators eagerly anticipating the outcome.

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