By Alvin Bagaya
WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION 3 2017: UGANDA vs CANADA AT LUGOGO OVAL
Canada 234/8 in 42 overs( Rizwan Cheema 91(44), Nitish Kumar 43(43), DN Pathirana 35(72), Henry Senyondo 1/48 in 9 overs, Charles Waiswa 2/42 in 7 overs) beat Uganda 168/10 in 38.2 overs (Mohammed Irfan 31(23), Deus Muhumuza 30(54), Cecil Pervez 4/44 n 8 overs, N. Dutta 2/14 in 6 overs) by 66 runs
Uganda had set up a very strong display of bowling and fielding led by left arm spinner Henry Ssenyondo and a brilliant run out by Charles Waiswa but a costly drop of Cheema reminded the hosts that no mistake goes unpunished at this level.
Captain Nitish kumar 43(43) didn’t show any tournament nerves with all the experience over the years as he easily rotated strike off the bowling of Charles Waiswa and Frank Nsubuga, Uganda went for the experienced off spinner to open the bowling.
Charles Waiswa struck early to trap Bhavindu Adhihetty 12(14) LBW and put the brakes on Canada’s free scoring with Henry Ssenyondo’s left arm spin proving to be unreadable as he found good drift early in his spell.
Ssenyondo’s spell swung the game Uganda’s way when he had Daliwal caught at mid on by Waiswa and Kumar was run out brilliantly by Charles Waiswa in the same over. The hosts were pressing and Davis Karashani trapped the dangerous Jimmy Hansra LBW for a golden duck.
Canada’s fortune however changed when Rizwan Cheema 91(44) was dropped by Deus Muhumuza at Long on and from then on Cheema was at the practice range as he cleared the boundary ten times for six with a display of timing and power, clearing the boundary wall twice with one that came down with snow on it.
The key man however was Danukha Pathirana 35(72) who held the Canadian innings together with some intelligent strike rotation never allowing Uganda to tie them down even when the wickets were falling; Pathirana and Cheema put on 105 for the 6th wicket that swung the game back to Canada and from then on it was a display of the confidence the head coach Henry Osinde has instilled in the side.
Cheema was eventually caught at deep sqaure leg by Ukani Shehzad diving forward and the Canada innings ended for 234 in their allotted overs.
Uganda’s run chase was dented early on by the swing of Cecil Pervez who picked openers Arthur Kyobe and Hamu Kayondo; Hamu caught by Dhaliwal at mid off who covered about two meters to hang in the air and catch it in his right hand, maybe a little dramatic diving roll over at the end to audition for the WWE.
Dhindsa worked up a good opening bowling partnership with Pervez to ties down Uganda’s star batsmen Roger Mukasa 21(39) and Ukani Shehzad 29(50) who put on 49 for the fourth wicket; Captain Davis arinaitwe 21(33) and Deus Muhumuza 30(54) briefly drugged Uganda out of the mire with 42 for the 6th wicket but the run rate proved to big to recover after the poor start.
From then on the left arm spin of Saad Zafar didn’t allow the hosts to get any momentum going, with Dhindsa and Dutta picking two a piece to bowl out Uganda 66 runs short of their target.
24th 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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