In match number 17 of the 2nd edition of the Kwibuka Women’s T20 Tournament, Kenya goes head-to-head with Rwanda. The match is set to commence at 04:45 PM (IST) Indian Standard Time at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre, Kigali.
Both teams will look to assert authority and dominance as the sun is slowly setting on the league stage of the tournament, it’s a time when bravery and execution will be valued highly.
Kenya – Esther Wachira (C), Melvin Khagoitsa (VC), Queentor Abel, Judith Ajiambo, Lavendah Idambo, Marion Juma, Charity Muthoni (WK), Mary Mwangi, Lynz Nabwire, Monicah Ndhambi, Flavia Odhiambo, Kelvia Ogola, Venasa Ooko, Ann Wanjira.
Rwanda – Marie Bimenyimana (c), Sifa Ingabire, Alice Ikuzwe, Rosine Irera, Gisele Ishimwe, Henriette Ishimwe, Immaculee Muhawenimana, Belise Murekatete, Josiane Nyirankundineza, Clarisse Uwase, Geovanis Uwase (wk), Merveille Uwase (wk), Sarah Uwera (wk), Margueritte Vumiliya.
Players to watch out:
Abel is an experienced campaigner for this Kenya squad. With runs in excess of 500 and 35 wickets on the international stage, she possesses a threat to any opposition. Her best figures stand at 5/18 with an average of just 13.65. And the batting index is getting better by the match with her best score at 51. In the 2022 Kenya Quadrangular Tournament she got off to good starts, which she’ll look to convert this time around.
The right-arm pacer sees ahead a well-set-up cricketing career. She has scalped 23 wickets on the global stage at a staggering average of 21. In the tournament so far, with immense grit, she has made a habit of breaking partnerships at crucial phases of the game and living up to the expectations of the skipper. Out of the lot, her (3/15) against Uganda was the most prominent.
Wicket-keeping batter, Sarah will come into the competition with a string of low scores. But the sensational batter has so much more in store to steer home Nigeria to victory. With 500-plus runs on the international, she will be expected to pace the batting innings of Rwanda and deliver on the occasion where the team requires her the most.
19-year-old Ishimwe is a force to reckon with on the cricket field. With runs in excess of 600 and 50 odd wickets on the international platform, she exemplifies herself as a dependable player. In their previous encounter, she scalped (4/10) against Nigeria, which made sure Rwanda won comprehensively.
The 22 yards remain dry and will offer turn to the spinners with occasional low bounce and going deeper into the tournament, the uneven bounce will most likely play as a key factor with cracks opening up.
Comfortable playing conditions are forecasted ahead of the game, with temperatures hovering around mid-20 degrees and minimal chance of precipitation.
Fantasy Playing XI:
Mary Mwangi, Gisele Ishimwe, Queentor Abel, Henriette Ishimwe, Esther Wachira, Belsye Murekatete, Irera Rosine, Lavendah Idambo, Flavia Odhiambo, Josaine Nyirankundineza, Margueritte Vumiliya.
Date – June 15th, 2023
Time – 04:45 PM IST
Venue – The Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre, Rwanda
Broadcast – Access live scores for all the games in the series on the FanCode app and website.