After 10 league games, we are down to the Final of the 2023 Victoria Women’s T20 Series, that’ll see hosts Uganda take on Tanzania at the Lugogo Cricket Oval, Kampala on the 23rd of April 2023, at 3:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
Having topped the table with 7 points under their belt, Uganda qualified for the Final as the only unbeaten side in the series with 3 wins in 4 games. Tanzania too has played good cricket in the series, but after having won their first couple of games, lost the following games to Uganda and Rwanda in close finishes.
Uganda – Concy Aweko (C), Janet Mbabazi (VC), Sarah Akiteng, Prosscovia Alako, Irene Alumo, Evelyn Anyipo, Kevin Awino (WK), Esther Iloku (WK), Phiona Kulume, Patricia Malemikia, Rita Musamali, Immaculate Nakisuuyi, Stephani Nampiina, Gloria Obukor, Flavia Odhiambo
Tanzania – Fatuma Kibasu (C), Saumu Hussein, Sophia Jerome, Perice Kamunya, Malizia Kibwana, Aisha Mohamed, Mwapwani Mohamedi, Shufaa Mohamedi (WK), Saum Mtae, Sonia Muya, Hudaa Omary, Tabu Omary, Monica Pascal, Neema Pius, Agnes Qwele, Nasra Saidi, Mwanaidi Swedy, Josephine Ulrik
Players to watch out for:
The 31-year-old bowling all-rounder in 20 Twenty20 International (T20I) innings has scored 82 runs and in 48 innings with the ball, has bagged 67 wickets. In the series, Concy hasn’t been required with the bat, and with the ball, has produced figures of 2/8, 2/15, and 3/13.
The 27-year-old in 46 games has scored 571 runs and has struck 50 scalps in T20Is. In the series, while Janet has only had a good inning with the bat (29*), she’s had a good run with the ball having produced figures of 1/10, 1/13, and 4/21.
The 21-year-old all-rounder in 21 T20I innings has scored 180 runs and has struck 48 wickets in 34 innings. Perice has looked good in the series, and while with the bat has registered scores of 34*, 6, and 0, with the ball has produced figures of 1/21, 3/14, 2/8, and 0/8.
The 23-year-old all-rounder in 7 T20I innings has got 50 runs, and in 9 outings with the ball has struck 5 wickets. In the series, Aisha wasn’t required a lot with the bat, and with the ball has looked good having produced figures of 1/25, 1/9, 1/22, and 1/6.
The pitch at the Lugogo Cricket Oval is a low-scoring one that typically favors bowlers, especially pacers. The average score at this venue is in the 90s, making it a challenging ground for the batters.
With humidity level at 90%, a high chance of rain at 80%, and the temperature forecasted at around 21°C, the Final could well be washed out if the skies don’t clear. Expect delays and interruptions during the match with shower spells on the radar during the match hours.
Fantasy playing XI:
Kevin Awino, Shufaa Mohamedi, Neema Pius, Fatuma Kibasu, Janet Mbabazi, Saum Mtae, Perice Kamunya, Concy Aweko, Irene Alumo, Aisha Mohamed, Sophia Jerome
Date – April 23, 2023
Time – 3:30 PM IST
Venue – Lugogo Cricket Oval, Kampala
Broadcast – The game will be streamed live on the FanCode app and website.