Cricket Cranes overcome Tanzania threats to seal inaugural Tri-Nations T20 Cup 

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By Kirunda Wycliffe

Result

Uganda 183/5 in 20 overs 

Tanzania 176/10 in 19.4 overs 

Uganda won by 7 runs

Uganda edged Tanzania in a high scoring game by seven runs to win the Tri-Nations T20 Cup in Rwanda with two games to spare.

Cricket cranes won the toss and opted to bat first against Tanzania , a decision that saw them hold their nerves in the defense.

Despite Roger Mukasa falling in the second over of the innings after posting 13 runs off five balls, Simon Ssesazi stood firm with the bat as he batted all the 20 overs.

Amidst the rapid falling of wickets that he witnessed on the crease, Simon Ssesazi scored a brilliant century off 58 deliveries with 13 fours and two 6s to help Uganda set a big score.

Cyrus Kakuru and Pascal Murungi were the other players to register double figures of 38 runs off 33 balls and 17 runs off 16 balls respectively as they helped Uganda reach 183/5 in 20 overs.

Tanzania looked like a house on fire in the chase as they scored 50 runs in the first three overs, having a required run rate that kept on worrying Uganda.

Ivan Selemani and Omary Kitunda had quick fires of 39 runs off 15 balls and 16 runs off 8 balls respectively to give Tanzania a much needed start to their innings.

But once the first pair of Ivan Selemani and Omary Kitunda was lost, there was barely any good partnership that could take the game forward as per required run rate.

Despite most of the batters posting double figures, their efforts were not good enough to go past the required score as they fell short by seven runs in 19.4 overs.

Bilal Hassan, Kenneth Waiswa and legendary Frank Nsubaga turned up with the ball as each registered figures of 3/22, 2/19 and 2/44 runs.

Uganda will have more two games against hosts and Tanzania on the final day of the series before returning back home.

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