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ICC Women T20I World Cup Qualifiers: Uganda dominates Rwanda once again

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At the ongoing ICC Women’s T20I World Cup Africa qualifiers held at Entebbe Cricket Oval, the Victoria Pearls secured a significant six-wicket win against Rwanda on Sunday afternoon.

This clash follows Rwanda’s previous win over Uganda in June at the Kwibuka finals, but today’s match saw a different outcome despite Rwanda’s strong fan support.

Despite Rwanda’s strong fan support today in Uganda, victory eluded them once again.
Winning the toss, the Pearls chose to bowl first.

Despite a promising start by Gisele Ishimwe and Merville Uwase, who had a solid 49-run partnership, Rwanda’s batting lineup struggled after Uwase’s dismissal, eventually scoring 87/5 in 20 overs.

The introduction of slow bowlers limited Rwanda’s scoring, with Janet Mbabazi claiming three wickets and Consylate Aweko Nimungu grabbing one for the Pearls.

In response, Uganda had a slow start but managed victory by the 16th over, led by Rita Musamali’s 31 off 29 and Janet Mbabazi’s all-round performance with both bat (32 off 37) and ball.

Uganda’s win places them atop Group B, tied on points with Namibia but holding a superior net run rate. Tanzania leads Group A with two points, while Zimbabwe follows in second position.

Rwanda’s Captain, Dianne Bimenyimana, attributed their loss to a sluggish start in bowling and failure to capitalize on a promising opening partnership. She urged fans to maintain faith in the team’s ability to perform better in the tournament.

Uganda’s Captain, Consy Aweko Nimungu, credited their adjusted bowling strategy for the victory and promised more wins in the future matches, acknowledging the importance of the power play in shaping their game and home support.

Janet Mbabazi, awarded Player of the Match, highlighted her role in supporting the pace bowlers and expressed gratitude for the fans’ support, acknowledging the mental challenge of replacing a key player, Alako, in the lineup who retired hurt.

Janet Mbabazi receiving the player of match award.

The action continues tomorrow with Tanzania facing Kenya in the morning East African Derby, followed by a South African Derby featuring Zimbabwe and Botswana in the afternoon.

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