Tanzania edge Uganda to register first win

 

Tanzania Women – 84 for 3 in 20 overs (Fatuma Kibasu 40*, Mwanaidi Swedi 24*; Carolyne Namugenyi 1/6, Rita Musamali 1/11)

Uganda Women – 80 for 9 in 20 overs (Rita Musamali 19, Barbra Mukankusi 13; Zena Saidi 3/8, Fatuma Kibasu 3/15)

 

Tanzania Women won by four runs

 

Fatuma Kibasu struck an unbeaten 40 before grabbing three wickets to inspire Tanzania to their first win of the 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty 20 Africa Qualifier tournament as they beat Uganda by four runs in a match played at the Country Club in Harare on Sunday morning.

 

It was however an evenly contested affair which could have gone either way, but the young Tanzania side fiercely defended their total of 84.

 

Zena Saidi starred with the ball as she took three wickets for eight runs in her four overs, while Kibasu claimed as many wickets but for 15 runs from her four overs.

 

Uganda’s chase got off to disastrous start as opener Mary Nalule was dismissed for a golden duck off the first ball of the innings.

 

By the third over, they were two wickets down with only three runs on the board after Rachel Ntono (two) was caught by Tabu Omary off a Saidi delivery.

 

Saidi completed her haul in the fifth over by rearranging the furniture to send Naome Kayondo back to the pavilion for three runs.

The middle order tried to repair the innings with Rita Musamali scoring a fighting 19, while Barbra Mukankusi chipped in with 13.

 

Uganda could have successfully chased down the winning target as they needed just 11 runs off the final over.

 

But Tanzania held their nerve and continued matching their exuberance – chanting a war cry every time a wicket fell – with superb bowling and fielding to claim the narrow win.

 

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Tanzania had to mount a recovery from the loss of Omary for a duck, Latifa Salumu for two and Mwajabu Salumu for three by the ninth over with the innings total at 24.

 

Kibasu, in tandem with captain Mwanaidi Swedi, however held the innings together as Tanzania exhausted their 20 overs on 84 for three, with the duo finishing unbeaten on 40 and 24 respectively.

 

At Alexandra Sports Club across town, captain Chipo Mugeri’s impressive knock of 46 helped Zimbabwe to a comfortable 50-run win over Kenya in the other morning match.

 

In the afternoon fixtures, Zimbabwe face Tanzania at the Country Club, while Uganda and Kenya tussle it out at Alexandra Sports Club.

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