Match 1: Gahanga Queens vs Muhanga Zebras | Squads | Players to watch | Fantasy Playing XI | Live Streaming | Pitch Report

Gahanga Queens and Muhanga Zebras will go head-to-head in the curtain-raiser of the 2024 Rwanda Cricket Association (RCA) Women’s Twenty20 (T20) League. The game will be played at Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, Kigali, on the 23rd of March, 2024, at 1:00 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).

Squads:

Gahanga Queens – Clarisse Umutoniwase, Diane Umuhoza, Ester Nyirahabimana, Shakila Niyomuhoza, Belise Murekatete, Clementine Uwayisaba, Colombe Uwizeye, Geovanis Uwase, Faina Uwineza (WK), Fanny Utagushimaninde (WK), Merveille Uwase (WK), Cynthia Uwera, Diane Uwineza, Nacillah Umukundwa, Ruth Uwimana, Zurufat Ishimwe

Muhanga Zebras – Iradukunda Joyuse, Keza Kevine, Nakuzwe Doriane, Nishimwe Liliane, Niyomukiza Gisele, Tuyisenge Francine, Tuyizere Alexia, Umutoni Liliane, Uwayisenga Aline, Ingabire Georgette, Niyonkuru Esther, Niyonsenga Jeanette, Tuyisabe Nadine, Umumararungu Zulphati, Veronique Iriho, Niyorukundo Thania (WK), Mushimiyimana Anastasie, Nzayituriki Nadine, Shimwamana Rosette, Uwimana Diane

Players to watch out:

Merveille Uwase

The 18-year-old keeper-batter in the previous edition of this competition, from 7 outings, accumulated 166 runs, including the highest of 57, at an average of 27.67 and a strike rate of 114.48. Merveille hasn’t scored a lot of runs in the lead-up to the tournament but can be relied upon to convert her starts.

Belise Murekatete

The 20-year-old all-rounder in the competition last season, from 8 outings, scalped 12 wickets, while also adding 114 runs to the tally, registering respective bests of 4/13 and 35. Belise has been bowling well, while with the bat, hasn’t chipped in much. She’ll be counted on to step up, delivering the goods.

Pitch:

The 22-yard strip at Gahanga International Cricket Stadium pleases the bowlers, particularly the pacers, and poses challenges for the batters. The pace-friendly conditions result in an average score of 92, demanding discipline from batters to post a competitive total.

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Weather:

With rain on the radar throughout the match hours, there is a possibility of the game being washed out. The temperature is expected to hover around 25°C with light winds and a humidity level of 67%.

Fantasy playing XI:

Merveille Uwase, Clarisse Umutoniwase, Shakila Niyomuhoza, Niyomukiza Gisele, Belise Murekatete, Geovanis Uwase, Ingabire Georgette, Colombe Uwizeye, Zurufat Ishimwe, Nzayituriki Nadine, Cynthia Uwera

Match details:

Date – March 23, 2024

Time – 1:00 PM IST

Venue – Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, Kigali

Broadcast – The game will be live-streamed on the FanCode app and website.

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