24 July 2012

Rwanda: Titans Beat Challengers in Thriller

Zaafran/Okapi T20 (Semi-finals)

Challengers 157/8

Impala Titans 158/5

Impala won by 5 wickets

Indorwa 164/6

Right Guards 165/7

Right Guards won by three wickets

Impala Titans secured a thrilling five-wicket victory over Challengers to set up what should be an exciting final with Right Guards in the Zaafran/Okapi T20 tournament this weekend.

Batting first, Challengers set what looked like an intimidating target of 157-8, with Praveen Kumar scoring 55 and Evode Mutuyimana 32. Theo Gatera and Don de Dieu Mugisha picked five wickets between them.

In reply, Impala lost two early wickets but a 30-run partnership between Mugisha (61) and Eric Ndangamyambi (16) kept the side in the contest.

This was followed by a decisive knock from Romeo Ngabo (32) which included two sixes and four fours.

However, his dismissal in the penultimate over set up a tense finish.

Needing six runs off the last three balls, Emma Byiringiro cleared the boundary line to guide Impala to their third consecutive final.

Srinath Vardhineni was the peak of Challengers' bowling after returning figures of 3 for 30 including the prize wicket of Mugisha.

In the other semi-final, Right Guards edged Indorwa by three wickets in another close game. Chasing Indorwa's 164, Eric Dusingizimana (75) and Dennis 'Taga' Mukama (28) contributed valuable runs as the team scraped home in the last over.

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