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T20 World Cup Qualifiers: Uganda Cricket Cranes etch history with Zimbabwe win

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In a historic turn of events at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifiers, the Uganda Cricket Cranes achieved an unprecedented milestone by securing their inaugural victory against Zimbabwe, a renowned test-playing nation.

Despite Zimbabwe’s seasoned presence on the grand stage, the underdog status of the Cricket Cranes didn’t deter their triumphant emergence in a game that defied expectations.

The Chevrons, Zimbabwe’s esteemed senior men’s team, entered the match as favorites owing to their extensive experience at such prestigious tournaments. Conversely, the Cricket Cranes were considered underdogs with minimal prospects of victory.

However, against all odds, they clinched a well-deserved win, setting the stage for their potential entry into the T20 World Cup by winning their remaining three games.

Following a defeat against hosts Namibia, the Cricket Cranes showcased resilience and tactical prowess in their encounter against a formidable opponent, securing a convincing five-wicket victory.

Strategic alterations in the lineup, with Kenneth Waiswa and Cyrus Kakuru stepping in, coupled with captain Brian Masaba’s decision to field first after winning the toss, set the tone for Uganda’s dominance.

Masaba’s leadership manifested in the team’s exceptional fielding, restricting Zimbabwe to a modest 136/7 in 20 overs.

The early dismissal of Zimbabwean opener Tadiwanashe Marumani in the second over boosted the Cranes’ confidence.

Notable contributions included Masaba’s stellar catches, particularly the dismissal of Ryan Burl and captain Sikandar Raza in the nineteenth over, who had been steering Zimbabwe’s innings with 48 off 39 deliveries.
Dinesh Nakrani’s bowling prowess shone brightly, claiming three crucial wickets for 14 runs in his four overs.

Despite costly overs from Uganda’s bowlers in the nineteenth and eighteenth overs, Bilal Hassun’s resilient bowling limited the damage. Henry Ssenyondo and Riazat Ali Shah also made notable contributions with their bowling performances.

During their chase, the Cricket Cranes displayed batting resilience, with significant contributions from Alpesh Ramjani (40 off 26), Roger Mukasa (23 off 33), and Riazat Ali Shah, who starred with a crucial 42 off 28, earning him the well-deserved Man of the Match award.

Riziat receiving his Man of the match award.

Richard Ngarava’s disciplined bowling for Zimbabwe, bagging two wickets for 24 runs in his four overs, couldn’t thwart Uganda’s determined pursuit.

Zimbabwe’s loss now places their qualification hopes in the hands of other teams, while Uganda aims to maintain their winning momentum against Nigeria tomorrow in their upcoming match.

The Uganda Cricket Cranes’ historic victory against Zimbabwe marks a significant milestone in their T20 World Cup qualifier journey, underscoring their potential to make a lasting impact on the global cricket stage.

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