Cricket Cranes Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Match Summary

Uganda 159/1 in 37 Overs – 210/1 in 32 Overs (Roger Mukasa 59* off 110, Hamu Kayondo 40* off 72, Simon Ssesazi (36 off 41, Usman Ali 1/26 in 10) beat Saudi Arabia 143 All Out in 30.1 Overs (Muhammad Afzal 40 off 45, Saeed Inayat 23 off 29, Irfan Afridi 3/7 in 7, Bilal Hassun 3/53 in 6) by 67 runs (DLS Method).

[/media-credit] Cricket Cranes Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The Cricket Cranes were able to get one off their visitors on Easter Sunday in a rain affected 50 over game.

The game played on holy Sunday was the 3rd for the visitors against who were undone by rain and a strong batting performance by the Cricket Cranes.

The Cricket Cranes won the toss and chose to take the attack to the visitors when they chose to bat first.

Captain Roger Mukasa and Simon Ssesazi started strong with a 75 run opening stand with the latter falling for 39.

Mukasa was unbeaten on 59 with Hamu Kayondo on 40 when the heavens opened with the Cricket Cranes at 159/1 in 37 overs.

The Cricket Cranes were in a strong position when the calculators came in with their revised total at 211. The visitors needed to get this total in only 32 overs which would take some great batting to pull off this heist.

In the chase, the Saudi batsmen took 20 off the 1st over that Bilal Hassan bowled but that was the only sign of winning the game. Irfan Afridi (3/7) bowled a match winning spell that took the steam out of the Saudi chase. They failed to pick up his mystery balls that he mixed up with quicker deliveries to derail the chase and help the Cricket Cranes pick up their first win to keep the series alive at 2-1.

The teams took Easter Monday off and action will move to Lugogo on Tuesday and Wednesday for the last 2 games of the tour.

Denis has represented Uganda in international cricket events including the World Cup. He is currently the captain of Wanderers Cricket Club.

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