Uganda stunned Zimbabwe to register a historic upset victory in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Region Qualifier at United Ground in Windhoek, Namibia.
This was Uganda’s first match against a Test-playing nation and they claimed a historic five-wicket victory against a better-ranked Zimbabwe in ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings.
Uganda earned two points and moved up to third place on the points table of the ICC T20 World Cup Africa Region Qualifier.
During the match, Uganda won the toss and invited Zimbabwe to bat first, who scored 136 runs at the loss of seven wickets in their accumulated 20 overs.
Zimbabwe captain Sikandar Raza top scored with 48 runs from 39 balls, with the help of two boundaries and four sixes.
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Uganda’s Dinesh Nakrani returned with impressive bowling figures of 3/14, while Henry Ssenyondo picked two wickets.
In response, Uganda lost two early wickets but they chased the target in the final over after losing five wickets, courtesy of Riazat Ali Shah and Alpesh Ramjani’s half-centuries.
Riazat Ali Shah scored 28-ball 42, featuring five boundaries and one six, while Alpesh Ramjani scored 40 off 26 with the help of four boundaries and two sixes.
Richard Ngarava picked two wickets for Zimbabwe conceding 24 runs from his four overs.
Notably, Namibia is leading the seven-team points table in the ICC T20 World Cup Africa Region Qualifiers, followed by Kenya, while Zimbabwe are placed fourth with only two points.
The top two teams will qualify for the T20 World Cup 2024, scheduled to take place in the United States of America and West Indies in June next year.