A great tournament it has been for the senior national Cricket men’s team in Kigali, but hopes of qualifying to the next stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was dashed after losing by 79 runs to favorites Uganda on Thursday, October 21, 2021.
After winning toss, Ghana elected to field first, allowing the cricket cranes to score 176-6. It was a score Ghana could easily surpass to win the game, as they did against Rwanda in the first game on Saturday but Uganda were equally up to the task, with good fielding in the second innings.
Ghana’s fall of wickets started right in the first over with Amoluk Singh taking an early exit, after which James Vifah followed on the 2.1 over. At the end of the 6th over, Ghana had 18-3 with captain Obed Harvey being the next wicket.
Uganda did well restricting Ghana’s batting efficacy with good bowling and at 16.2, Rexford, Devender, Moses, Samson and Daniel have all felt the excellent fielding by their opponents, exiting, with Ghana’s score standing at 83. Joseph Theodore and Kofi Bagabena were the last casualties, as Ghana managed 97 in 19.1 over.
With 10 points each, Uganda has toppled Ghana, with a better NRR (4.654 as against Ghana’s 2.220) and with a game at hand on Friday, October 22, at the IPRC Kigali Oval at 1:45pm against Seychelles.
As it stands, Uganda have qualified from Group A and they will join winner of Group B, Nigeria and Kenya for the Regional finals, also for a sole slot to the global qualifiers.
Ghana had beaten the likes of host, Rwanda, Seychelles, Lesotho, Malawi and Swaziland.
Team Ghana, expected back to the country on Sunday, October 24, 2021 went past this stage of the qualifiers in 2018 in Lagos-NIgeria.