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T20 World Cup: Uganda fall to Afghanistan in historical debut

by Innocent Ndawula
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Home Cricket T20 World Cup: Uganda fall to Afghanistan in historical debut

Uganda made its historic debut, with the 11 players selected becoming the first from their nation to participate in this prestigious global carnival.

The occasion was further marked by Uganda’s captain Brian Masaba winning the pre-match toss, a proud moment.

Adding to the memorable start, the captain took the first wicket at the ‘Big Dance’, showcasing the nation’s determination to make a mark on the world stage.

Afghanistan Sets High Target

Afghanistan set a formidable target, scoring 183 for 5 in their allotted 20 overs, largely thanks to a 154-run opening stand between Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran.

Gurbaz top-scored with 76 runs, displaying an array of aggressive strokes, while Zadran provided excellent support with a well-crafted 70.

Uganda Falls Short Despite Bowling Heroics

Despite the explosive start, Uganda fought back admirably. Captain Masaba led the way by breaking the 154-run partnership in the 15th over when he had Ibrahim Zadran miss a tossed-up delivery.

Ramjani then had Gurbaz hole out to deep square leg in the following over, reducing Afghanistan to 157 runs for 2 wickets.

Masaba continued Uganda’s resurgence by removing Najibullah Zadran in the 17th over, with Nakrani taking the catch at deep square leg.

Kyewuta then picked up two late wickets, dismissing Gulbadin Naib caught at long-on for four, and Azmatullah Omarzai skying one to short third in the final over.

Remarkably, Uganda didn’t concede a single boundary in the last six overs, a first in World Cup history to give their fans a chance to celebrate big.

However, in response, Uganda struggled against a potent Afghan bowling attack. The team was bundled out for 58 in 16 overs.

The Cranes attack was led by; Robinson Obuya (14 runs) and Riazat Ali Shah (11) being the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Fazalhaq Farooqi was Afghanistan’s star, claiming a five wickets for nine runs while Rashid Khan took 2 for 12 runs.

Afghanistan Wins, Uganda Makes History

In short, Afghanistan’s victory by 125 runs proved their experience in the format, starting their campaign with a bang.

Despite the tough debut for Uganda, the match will be remembered for its historical significance.

The Cricket Cranes displayed determination, particularly in their bowling recovery. Up next for Uganda is a match-up against Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the same oval in the early hours Thursday (June 6) morning.

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