Team Uganda had to dig deep against Botswana at Lugogo to mantain their unbeaten streak in the ongoing Pepsi ICC Africa T20 Division One World Cup Qualifiers.
The hosts earned a 27-run victory after putting up stringent bowling and fielding to make it four in four as the first round of the round robin tournament ended yesterday.
“This was a wake up call to us and it showed us that anything can happen in cricket,” Ugandan skipper Davis Karashani said.
“We hope we do not commit the same mistakes again.” he added.
Karashani won the toss, elected to bat and Botswana bowlers restricted Uganda to 86-10 in 18.3 overs.
It was quite a low score that kept the home fans in worry state as wickets fell timelessly.
The opening pair of Roger Mukasa and Arthur Kyobe was broken after just four deliveries. Mukasa returned for an early shower after he was bowled by Hasantha Mudiyanselage (2/13).
Lawrence Ssematimba, in at three, was caught behind by wicket keeper Denzil Sequeira off Whitey Russel (3/11) at 1.5 which brought Deusdedit Muhumuza (13 off 19) to the fulcrum. Russel also bowled out Kyobe after 3.4 overs.
Karashani, in Kyobe, was bowled out on his first ball by Russel. Then, Uganda was at 15-3.
Wickets kept on falling not until Charles Waiswa scored 23 off 21 including two fours before being bowled out by Ramatu Segolane (2/1) at 18.1. Brian Masaba also scored 12 off 12 balls.
Waiswa returned with figures of 3/11 to earn the man of match honour as Uganda limited Botswana to 59-10 in 17.4 overs.
He opened the innings with a maiden wicket having bowled out Sequeira for a duck on his fourth delivery. Botswana captain Karabo Modise was caught at 3 by Masaba at mid-wicket off Waiswa’s bowling.
Masaba took another catch from long on off Karashani’s bowling (2/12) to eliminate Faizal Rana Rasheed (11/23), who was in for Sequeira. Then at 8.2, Botswana were 30-3.
Masaba stittled through the lower order with figures of 4 for 13 alongside Henry Senyondo (1/14) to end the game with 14 balls to spare.
It means Botswana ended round one of the tournament without a single win. Earlier in the morning, they had failed to match up to Kenya’s 167-5 score at Lugogo. They collapsed at 96-6 after batting all the overs.
PEPSI ICC AFRICA DIVISION ONE T20’S
Kenya 167/5 Botswana 96/6
Uganda 86/10 Botswana 59/10