Kenya and Uganda recorded impressive victories on the third day of action in the ICC World Twenty20 Africa B qualifiers.
In the opening match of the double-header, Kenya easily chased down the target of 119 set by Tanzania. It took the favourites just 8.3 overs to get the job done, as they hit the after-burners and blitzed their opposition.
Tanzania was restricted to just 118 all out, bowled out with two balls to spare in their 20 overs. Yet again, it was the nagging accuracy of Shem Ngoche that did the damage, as he helped himself to 3-23 in his spell of four overs. The only resistance from the Tanzanians came from Jatin Chandubhai, who made a belligerent 52 from 38 balls.
Kenya made sharp work of the chase, racing to the target inside half the overs. The destroyer-in-chief was Rakep Patel, who required just 27 balls to blast his 72, with eight sixes and five fours. That blew Tanzania out of the park, as Kenya remain the only unbeaten side in the competition.
Tanzania vs Kenya
Tanzania 118 all out (J Chandubhai 52, S Ngoche 3-23)
Kenya 119-3 (Rakep Patel 72)
Kenya won by seven wickets
In the second match, Rwanda’s shortcomings were brought to blinding light by Uganda in another lopsided result. Uganda themselves racked up another big total, notching 204-4.
Dinesh Nakrani (74 from 44 balls) and Ronak Patel (65 from 47 balls) continued their fine form this week, and their stand of 135 took the match too far from Rwanda’s clutches.
The hosts were in big trouble early on, as they lost six wickets for the addition of just one run, crashing from 22-3 to 23-9. It was a procession of wickets, with Mohammed Irfan snatching 5-12 in his four overs, while Riazat Ali Shah chipped in with 3-10 in three overs.
It continued a steep learning curve for the hosts, whose enthusiasm cannot be questioned, but their skill level has been shown up by their more experienced counterparts.
Uganda vs Rwanda
Uganda 204-4 (D Nakrani 74, Ronak Patel 65)
Rwanda 34 all out (M Irfan 5-12, R Shah 3-10)
Uganda won by 170 runs