28 February 2013

Tanzania Takes Third Place At Pepsi ICC Division One T20

THE senior national cricket team has settled for third place at the 2013 Pepsi ICC Africa Division One Twenty20 qualifiers, which climaxes on Friday in Kampala Uganda.

After Day Four action, Team Tanzania managed four points from five games, of which they posted two wins and three defeats, to rest behind hosts Uganda and Kenya.

The Tanzanian outfit maintained their Division 1 position. Kenya, scoring at an average of 8.39 runs per over continued their hard hitting antics when they beat Tanzania by 98 runs as the second round got underway on Tuesday.

A combined effort from Kenya saw them set Tanzania 185 runs to chase, with Nelson Odhiambo ( 2 for 17 runs) and Raghab Aga (2 for 10 runs) defending it as the Tanzanians were all out at 96 runs. Collins Obuya led Kenya 185/6 in 20 from the front with an unbeaten 37 off 25 balls with assistance from teenage prodigy Irfan Karim with 37 runs off 37 runs off 29 balls.

Much as the Tanzanian bowlers were 'flying', Riziki Kiseto managed figures of 2 for 16 in his two overs. The Kenyan bowlers then came in some tidy bowling when Ragheb Aga 2 for 10 in 2 overs and Nelson Odhiambo 2/17 in 4 overs with support from Lucas Olouch 1/12 in 4 overs.

The Nasibu Mapunda 31 runs off 37 balls could save Tanzania from defeat as they finished on 87/9 in 20 overs losing by 98 runs. Uganda continued their winning streak with a commanding 46-run victory over Nigeria at Kyambogo University Oval to make it five in five at the on-going Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa Division I Twenty20 tournament.

The victory sealed Uganda's qualification to the ICC World Twenty20 Global Qualifier scheduled for Dubai in November. But the task to retain the African title remains half done with a looming Kenyan threat. Uganda lead the log with 10 points from their five outings with Kenya in second on eight after suffering a 30-run loss to the hosts on Day One.

Kenya, however, boast a better Net Run Rate (NRR) of 3.262. Coach Martin Suji's side have a NRR of 2.305, meaning Kenya can still take the title if they defeat Uganda in the last match at Lugogo on Friday morning.

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