Match number 20 of the 2nd edition of the Kwibuka Women’s T20 Tournament will witness Nigeria battling it out with Uganda at the Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, Kigali. The proceedings are set to commence at 05:15 PM (IST) Indian Standard Time.
Nigeria – Blessing Etim (c), Favour Eseigbe, Rukayat Abdulrasak, Adeshola Adekunle, Peculiar Agboya, Omonye Asika, Sarah Etim (wk), Abigail Igbobie (wk), Agatha Obulor, Oseyende Omonkhobio, Lucky Piety, Rachael Samson, Esther Sandy, Salome Sunday.
Uganda – Concy Aweko (c), Prosscovia Alako, Irene Alumo, Lona Anyait, Evelyn Anyipo, Malisa Ariokot, Kevin Awino (wk), Mohammed Jimia, Phiona Kulume, Patricia Malemikia, Janet Mbabazi, Rita Musamali, Immaculate Nakisuuyi, Stephani Nampiina.
Players to watch out:
Samson, a remarkable all-rounder representing Nigeria, showcases exceptional accuracy in her bowling. Her ability to consistently deliver precise line and length restricts the scoring opportunities for the opposition. At just 21 years of age, she has already claimed 37 wickets on the international stage, boasting her impressive career average of 14.86. With her best figures being 4/13, Samson is expected to play a prominent role in the upcoming Kwibuka Tournament matches.
In her brief presence on the international stage, the 16-year-old prodigy has displayed impressive potential. Nigeria’s prospects appear promising with such a talented youngster making a mark. Although she made an explosive start in their opening match against Rwanda, she couldn’t capitalize on it. However, she remains optimistic about regaining her form for the upcoming game against Kenya.
Irene Alumo possesses an exceptional ability to consistently take wickets and disrupt the opposition’s batting lineup. With an impressive average of only 11.76, Uganda relies heavily on her during this tournament. She has emerged as one of the leading wicket-takers in the current edition, particularly shining in her standout performances against Botswana and Namibia, where she claimed figures of (3/9) and (2/8) respectively.
Consylate Aweko, a seasoned bowler, boasts an impressive career with her best figures of (4/6) and a low average of 10.04. With her extensive experience, she poses a significant threat to the opposition. As an off-spinner, she consistently maintains an impeccable economy rate, putting immense pressure on the batters. Throughout this tournament, the 32-year-old has consistently taken wickets. Notably, her remarkable spells against Botswana (2/19) and Kenya (2/12) stand out as outstanding performances in the tournament thus far.
A well-balanced track with a slight advantage for the batters. But it’s only a matter of hitting the right lengths for the bowlers and restricting their counterparts to a lower total.
Comfortable playing conditions are forecasted, with temperatures hovering around mid-20 degrees and no possible chance of rain. Although it will remain overcast for a major part of the day.
Fantasy Playing XI:
Kevin Awino, Lucky Piety, Oseyande Omonkhobhio, Rita Musamali, Immaculate Nakisuuyi, Stephanie Nampiina, Favour Eseigbe, Janet Mbabazi, Evelyn Anyipo, Consylate Aweko, Irene Alumo
Date – June 16th, 2023
Time – 05:15 PM IST
Venue – Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, Rwanda
Broadcast – Access live scores for all the games in the series on the FanCode app and website.