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Elite T20 League: Mamba Challengers Breathe Fresh Air In Title Fight

Thursday, October 29
*Morning
Scorpions – 84/6 (14 ov)
Mamba – 86/3 (12.2 ov)
(Mamba win by 7 wickets)

*Afternoon
Mamba – 102/9 (14 ov)
Bucks – 98/10 (13.5 ov)
(Mamba win by 4 runs)

Mamba Challengers are back in the title contention after winning their two games on Thursday.

Mamba blitzed Aziz Damani Scorpions Scorpions by seven wickets in the morning game before ending the day with a nail-biting four-run win over Royal Varsani Bucks.

The two wins have handed Mamba with a chance to grab the remaining slot in the final – Scorpions have already booked their place into Saturday’s showdown.

Mamba will need a big win against Scorpions and pray that Scorpions beat Bucks in the afternoon game, to reach the final.

Mamba Challengers Resurrect

Never say never, goes the old adage.

There were faint hopes going for Mamba going into Thursday’s games as the side had dug themselves a big hole after losing their four games. Their only point then, came courtesy of the weather which saw their game with Bucks cancelled without a ball being bowled hence sharing spoils.

On Friday, with teams playing only 14 overs, Mamba rose to the occasion.

Cosmas Kyewuta caught Zephaniah Arinaitwe before Wasim Butt was bowled by Henry Ssenyondo to leave Scorpions 57-2 inside the first seven overs, and the Scorpions later lost their next three wickets for just four runs to settle for a miserable score of 84/6 in the end.

Chasing 85 to win, Ivan Thawithemwira ignited the fight with 46 runs off 27 balls, spicing up his total with four boundaries and three maximums.

Imtiaz Mohammed managed 18, while the rest of the batsmen came up with single digit scores but damage had already been caused and Mamba marched on to their win with two overs and four balls to spare.

In the afternoon game, Thawithemirwa hit 30 runs as Mamba wobbled to 102 for the fall of nine wickets, a total they later defended down the stretch thanks to Rogers Olipa and Frank Akankwasa who garnered three and two wickets respectively despite Simon Ssesazi’s 20 off nine balls.

And with momentum now on Mamba’s side going into Friday’s final group games, who knows. Only rain may hinder their plan.

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