Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

26 November 2012

Rwanda: Awful Batting Costs Titans Dearly

If you can't bat, you can't win matches. That's exactly what happened on Sunday when Impala Titans suffered a humiliating defeat against Challengers at Kicukiro cricket grounds.

Without two of their frontline bowlers in Eric Ndangamyambi and Emmanuel Byiringiro, the youngsters put in a splendid bowling performance by their standard after dismissing their opponents for a paltry 149.

This meant that the Titans needed to score at three-runs an over to sail home. However, it was not to be as a combination of poor shot selection, disciplined bowling from Challengers and controversial umpiring left the youngsters in a precarious position at 19 for 4.

Eric Niyomugabo scored a quick-fire 10 runs but that could not save the Titans who struggled to 60 all out, failing to see out 30 overs of their innings.

Subashish Samaly was the peak of Challengers' bowling with four wickets while Praveen Kumar and Sudhir Reddy picked five wickets between themselves.

With two defeats, Titans are all but out of the reckoning as far as reaching the final of the Sulfo Cricket League.

Meanwhile, Dugout has one foot in the final after winning their first two matches in the round-robin group.

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