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Roger Mukasa’s half-century not enough for Uganda in first warm-up game

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Result

Uganda 134/8 in 20 overs
Namibia 135/5 in 18.5 overs

Namibia won by 5 wickets and 7 balls to spare

Roger Mukasa shone brightly for Uganda with a half-century, yet his efforts fell short as Uganda lost to Namibia in their first warm-up game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Despite taking the game deep, Namibia secured victory in the penultimate over, winning by 5 wickets with 7 balls to spare.

The match, held under floodlights at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, saw Namibia win the toss and elect to field. Uganda set a target of 134/8 in their 20 overs.

Mukasa top-scored with a brisk 53 off 41 balls, supported by Robinson Obuya’s 39 off 28.

However, Uganda’s innings faltered with Riazat Ali Shah’s early dismissal for 10 off 13 balls.

Namibia’s bowling attack was spearheaded by captain Gerhard Erasmus and Jack Brussell, who each claimed two wickets.

In response, Namibia’s chase was off to a flying start, reaching 36/1 in just 4 overs.

Niko Davin’s aggressive 54 off 34 balls, Jean-Pierre Kotze’s steady 29 off 31, and JJ Smit’s 21 off 20 ensured they stayed ahead of the required run rate.

Uganda’s left-arm spinner Henry Ssenyondo picked up 2 wickets, while Cosmas Kyewuta, Bilal Hassun, and Alpesh Ramjani took one each.

This victory underlines Namibia’s continued dominance over Uganda, having previously defeated them in the Africa T20 World Cup qualifiers and the Castle Lite series last year.

Uganda will need to regroup swiftly as they prepare to face Scotland in their next warm-up game on Thursday, May 30, followed by the group stage match against Afghanistan on June 4.

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