Uganda Cricket Cranes showed how far they have come since they last played Kenya in the ongoing Easter Tour by winning the first game on Good Friday.
Uganda was able to execute their plans to perfection, the low bounce and turning wicket enabled the spinning trio pick up 7 of the available 10 wickets.
Roger Mukasa hang onto a beauty in covers to dismiss danger man Nelson Odhiambo and vice captain Brian Masaba smartly ran out Pushpak Dhanji Kerai to show an edge to Ugandans style of play.
The usual reckless shots characteristic of Uganda’s batting were none existent in the chase as Arthur Kyobe and Hum Kayondo punished only the bad balls and make lots of singles and twos. Kayondo was unlucky to be judged LBW same as Shazad Kamal but Davis Karashani and his deputy saw out the game with the former finishing it with a six.
Make shift wicket-keeper Arnold Otwani did a brilliant job behind the stumps and was carefree in his stroke play at one down. The injury to Lawrence could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for him as the Division 3 World Cricket League tournament draws close.
For those of us on the outside looking in both teams seem to be unfamiliar territory with Kenya needing to find a positive result and Uganda having to find the consistency to put two good games together.
Both coaches in their press communications promised not to make rush team changes despite the result but that Kenyan bench is already feeling the heat for losing to ‘supposed’ minnows Uganda.
Maybe it’s about time Uganda got tired of losing to Kenya and the gap is being closed and now the Simbas don’t know what to do with this new look Uganda.
The result left a good impression on the fans who turned up in big numbers to support Uganda and as long as the heavens hold, Sunday’s game should be interesting as both teams have to respond to game one.
Ahead of Game 2, Uganda’s coach Steve Tikolo said: “Well having lost the first match to us, I surely know the Kenyans will look to bounce back and level the series in the second match.
“They will throw everything at us in their quest to bounce back but that could work well in our favour since the pressure will be on them to get a positive result in this match.
“As team Uganda, we will look to continue doing the right things (in terms of the basics of the game) that we did in the first match.
“We can only worry about what we need to control as a team and that is playing some good positive cricket to get the desired results we are looking for. The team is looking good and we are up for the challenge.”