WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION 3: UGANDA V U.S.A
U.S.A 145/10 in 49.5 over (Elmore Hutchinson 52(50), Sagar Patel 33(85), Davis Karashani 23/21 in 10 overs, Henry Ssenyondo 2/17 in 10 overs) beat UGANDA 132/10 in 43 overs (Naeem Bardai 32(56), Steven Taylor 5/32 in 10 overs, Nostush Kenjige 2/42 in 10 overs) by 13 runs.
Uganda was under pressure going into the 5th round robin game of the WCL3 match against United States of America in Entebbe; Captain Karashani won the toss and elected to field.
U.S.A began cautiously but the attacking Steven Taylor 8(8) was caught by Karashani off the bowling of Nsubuga and danger man Ibrahim Khaleel 7 (32) took his time to get off the maek but went early stumped by reserve player and wicket keeper Naeem Bardai who came into the side after Lawrence Ssematimba’s groin injury worsened in the Malaysia game.
From this point it was left to Sagar Patel 33(85) to martial the innings to a respectable score, he put on 20 for the third wicket with Alex Amsterdam 12(23) before Amsterdam was caught at mid-wicket by Karashani off the bowling of Mohammad Irfan after the pressure had begun o build, Uganda’s field placing proving impeccable; suffocating the U.S.A strike rotation as they strung together maidens.
Captain Karashani then trapped Camilus Alexander LBW and Naeem’ first game of the tournament was only getting better; stumping U.S.A mainstay Sagar Patel and catching Mrunal Patel off Irfan, the U.S.A middle order collapsing quickly with Uganda applying persistent pressure with tight lines and sharp fielding.
Captain Karashani literally took the game in his hands catching Thimil Patel 11(33) off his own bowling but number 10 batsman Elmore Hutchinson dug in to give the U.S.A some home with a patient half century, scoring three 4s and three 6s to take his side to 145 with a 41 run 10th wicket stand with Noshtush Kenjige.
Uganda in lost their openers in the pre-lunch session but returned with a strong approach when Naeem Bardai 32(57) was forced to drop anchor in the run chase; he proved himself a useful addition steadily rebuilding with Roger Mukasa 14(18) with 30 for the third wicket.
The introduction of Nosthush Kenjige then sent Uganda into a state of panic when he quickly picked two wickets (Bardai and Mukasa); Taylor returned to pick Ukani Shehzad 15(39) the Uganda middle order glue and from then on the threads came off the seam as the innings fell apart with Taylor picking three more wickets and Jasdeep Singh bowling last man Davis Karashani who hard grafted with Henry Ssenyondo 4(42) to help U.S.A hold their place in division 3 and eliminate Uganda to division 4.
Elmore Hutchinson; “The Highlight for us was when i hit those two sixes at the end of the game, it changed everything for us, I got a message from the outside to at least hold out to 150, we knew that once we got some early wickets we had a chance, I am just glad it worked out in the end.”
Steve Tikolo: “It is really disappointing, I thought at the end of the innings chasing 145 was achievable but too many soft dismissals from the batters, very disappointing in the end.”
U.S.A coach Pubudu Dassanayake: “It is all about working hard with the boys, making them believe they belong in the higher divisions, U.S.A has a lot of work to do but I am disappointed that we could not go through to Division 2.”
Uganda Captain Davis Karashani:“I think we did many things right today but we lost the game in the last two hours of the day, too many soft dismissals, we lost wickets and simply never recovered; too many soft dismissals in the end really, I thought the hunger in the batsmen has not been shown.”
29th May 2017.
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