WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE MATCH: MALAYSIA V UGANDA
MALAYSIA 189/10 in 50 overs (Shafiq Sharif 58(55), Virandeep Singh 39(81), Frank Nsubuga 4/44 in 10 overs, Henry Ssenyondo 3/30 in 10 overs) lost to UGANDA 193/6 in 63.2 overs (Mohammad Irfan 108(71), Ukani Shehzad 29(36), Muhammad Wafiq 2/28 in 8.2 overs) by 4 wickets.
Malaysia lost pinch hitter Anwar Arudin to Uganda’s unique strategy of opening with off spinner Frank Nsubuga but Virandeep Singh 39(81) took advantage of a spread field and some poor lines into his pads to score freely and build an innings recovery of 55 for the fourth wicket with innings top scorer Shafiq Sharif 58(55) to push Malaysia past 100.
Malaysia almost got away with Faiz Ahmed 17(46) being dropped without scoring but he never made the Cricket Cranes pay a heavy price, Sharif kept the scoreboard ticking utting on 30 for the fifth wicket with Khizar Hayat but Frank Nsubuga returned to clean up the tail.
Uganda’s openers continue to struggle at the tournament after they lost Hamu Kayondo early and Brian Masaba struggled to rotate strike. Neville Linayage picked Masaba and star batsman Roger Mukasa played on.
The run chase looked shaky until Irfan Afridi was sent in with only one job, he is a big hitter and that is the only way he knows how to play, he took most of the strike and used it to take the Malaysian bowling apart with some brutal hitting; 10 sixes and 7 fours later, he raised his bat to the raucous crowd as he soaked in the applause and relief of having scored his first List A century.
Roger Mukasa 15(36) put on 36 for the 4th wicket with Arnold Otwani 24(50) who remained positive despite the tight lines that the Malaysian bowlers kept, Neville Linayage and Muhammad Wafiq were giving nothing away, neither was left arm spinner Pavandeep Singh when he came into the attack; eventually bowling Roger.
The tension built in the stands, in the dressing room and on the ground faster than the over rate could keep up when Irfan Afridi stepped on the wicket, his first shot was a big heave against Pavandeep that he missed completely, he failed to score against Pavandeep for five balls but eventually connected, clearing long on for six and clubbing him back to the sight screen for four.
From then on, it was a display of some power hitting as he took on the returning Linayage, Khizar Hayat and Muhammad Wafiq, he went past 50 with a single down punched to long off in the 36th over of the run chase; and scored his maiden list A century clubbing Khizar Hayat for six over the sight screen in the 36th over, it was only fitting that the man of the moment knocked off the winning runs on ball 36.2 through covers for four.
The table has flipped and Uganda springs from bottom to third place, the calculations and permutations will now be all over the Hotel residence as everyone tries to find out who must chase what in how many to qualify; turning to to be the most competitive and fought for World Cricket League Division 3 championship ever.
Steve Tikolo; “It’s one of the few innings where I have seen someone bat the way he did. I remember it was 2002 when his cousin Shaheed Afridi also played a similar knock against Sri Lanka and it was very good to watch the way he went about it.”
Malaysia Captain Ahmed Faiz: “As I said we batted well on this kind of wicket which is really low in the morning. 189 is a good score. If Afridi had gone earlier we would get through.
Obviously everyone is disappointed because we want to qualify. Now we need to show something for the next two games”
Uganda Captain Davis Karashani; “It is a performance you can only have once in a lifetime and fortunately for us that once in a lifetime was today. He literally just showed up and won the game for us.”
27th May 2017
|RISING ZEBRAS VS ROARING LIONS||243/4 - 179/7||LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL|
|CHARGING LEOPARDS VS MIGHTY RHINOS||55/3 - 60/1||LUGOGO CRICKET OVAL|
|ACC VS SKLPS(R1)||160/6 - 162/7||BUDO CRICKET OVAL|
|AVENGERS VS NYAKASURA (R1)||172/6 - 140/5||BUDO CRICKET OVAL|
|AVENGERS CC vs J.A.C.C (R1)||194/8 - 131||JINJA S.S.S|
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