Frank Akankwasa poses with the bat
Wednesday, February 12
Qatar – 201/2
Uganda – 161/6 (20 Ov)
Uganda lost to Qatar by 40 runs despite Frank Akankwasa display in a night game at the West End Park International Cricket Stadium in Doha.
Coached by interim Davis Turinawe, the Cricket Cranes trail 1-0 in the T20 three match international series.
Uganda dug a bigger hole for themselves when they failed to limit Qatar who garnered 201/2.
Frank Nsubuga (1-25) efforts later proved not enough after unbeaten scores from Muhammad Tanveer (57 off 34 balls) and Ibrahim Zaheer (38 off 21 balls) propelled the hosts to a hefty score.
Imal Liyanage who had taunted Uganda a day earlier in the 50-Over format, hit 47 runs while Kamran Khan scored a 35-ball half ton to set the tone.
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Coming into the second innings, the tourists, who had lost the toss, needed 202 (10.1 run rate) to overturn the deficit.
After a rough night in the field, the opening batsmen failed to provide a good platform, leaving behind a big load to chase for the middle order.
Uganda gave away it’s first three wickets for just 25 runs, including Arnold Otwani’s duck.
Kenneth Waiswa scored 21 while Deus Muhumuza and Frank Akankwasa’s partnership that produced 91 runs appeared to have provided stability before Uganda chocked in the chase.
Muhumuza was bowled by Awais Malik on the first ball of the 18th over, to march off with Uganda needing 54 runs from 11 balls which all but ended Uganda’s faint hopes despite Akankwasa’s quick 66 from 32 balls.
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Zephania Arinaitwe, 2.4 ov), 2-16 (Arnold Otwani, 3.1 ov), 3-25 (Roger Mukasa, 5.2 ov), 4-57 (Kenneth Waiswa, 10.1 ov), 5-148 (Deusdedit Muhumuza, 18.1 ov), 6-160 (Frank Akankwasa, 19.1 ov)
The victory, emphasises Qatar’s superiority – ranked 22nd – against Uganda who occupy 35th place in the world rankings.
Uganda will look to make amends in their bid to level the series on Thursday. The games are approved as T20 internationals by ICC.