NATIONAL cricket team suffered a seven wicket defeat at the hands of Kenya in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 Africa Region Qualifier B in Rwandan capital, Kigali yesterday.
In the match played at the Gahanga Cricket Oval Stadium, Kenya managed to chase Tanzania’s target and won with 69 balls remaining, posting 119 runs for three wickets in 8.3/20 overs.
Tanzania elected to bat firs posting 118 runs for nine wickets in 19 overs, a target that Kenya easily chased, to strengthen their grip of the top spot with six points from maximum three matches.
As Kenya continued to pile on the runs in the tournament, Tanzania failed to bounce back from their weekend’s defeat to Uganda.
And, the latest defeat left Tanzania languishing second bottom with two points from three matches. Tanzania suffered a 64-run loss to Uganda Cranes last Sunday.
Uganda, who won the toss, opted to bat first and managed to post a staggering 185-run score with a loss of only four wickets.
The score looked unassailable to the Tanzanian boys as their efforts on resumption ended with 117 runs with a loss of seven wickets.
In their opening match, Tanzania posted a 79 run victory over hosts Rwanda at the same venue. However, the team is still in contention to win one of the two tickets for the upper stage of the tournament.
The team is just required to win all remaining matches. The qualifier is played in a round robin.
Today, Tanzania will face Uganda at the same venue from 9:30 am, while leaders Kenya will seek to confirm their qualification into the next stage with a win against hosts Rwanda in a match to start from 1:50pm.
Tomorrow will be a rest day and the action will resume on Friday, when Kenya face Tanzania from 9:30am and later Rwanda will take on Uganda from 1:50pm.
On Saturday Tanzania will have a date with Rwanda at 9:30am, then Uganda will battle it out against Kenya from 1:50pm.
The Kigali showdown will determine which teams will qualify for the 2019 ICC World Twenty20 qualifier tournament to be played in the 1st quarter of 2019.
Players in the squad are Kassim Nassoro, Salum Jumbe, Nasibu Kelvin, Khalil Rehemtulla, Ashish Kamania, and Aaryan Premji.
The list also has Riziki Kiseto, Raahil Amarshi, Karsh Ramaiya, Abhik Patwa, Zamoyoni Jabeneke, Muhammad Khan, Jitin Singh and Jatinkumar Darji. The team is under Coach Vispy Mehta.