Nigeria makes a strong comeback and takes a lead of 2-1 in the bilateral series

Continuing from where we left yesterday, two matches in two consecutive days are not an easy task but not only is our women’s team from Rwanda and Nigeria doing the task but are making sure that there’s enough action-packed cricket for us to get through the day.

Rwanda Women's Cricket Team
Rwanda Women’s Cricket Team

After the two matches that took place yesterday, Rwanda women were leading 1-0 as they won the first match by 4 wickets and the second one resulted in a tie. But Nigerian women were seen equaling the series score by 1-1 after the game played earlier today, where they were seen beating Rwanda by 13 runs.

Rwanda women won the toss three times on a trot and elected to field but could only manage to take three wickets, amongst which one was run out. Nigeria went on to score 112 runs on the back of their consistent performer, Etim Blessing, who scored 45 runs in 39 balls and remained not out. In return Rwanda could only manage to score 99-6 in 20 overs, even though Uwera Sarah (33 runs) and Ishimwe Diane (18 runs) gave Rwanda a good start by contributing a total of 51 runs, other team members couldn’t capitalize on the momentum and kept losing wickets. Out of the 6 wickets, they lost three to run out and two out of the rest three were taken by Etim Blessing, no doubt that she was acclaimed as the Player of the Match.

The Nigerian women didn’t miss the chance to build onto their momentum as they went on and won the second match of the day as well. For starters, they won the toss for the first time in the 4 matches played till now and opted to bat and managed to put 87 runs on the board with Salome Sunday being the only batter to cross the 20 runs mark. Rwanda displayed a wonderful bowling performance, especially Muhawenimana Immaculee who took 3 wickets by giving just 18 runs.

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Given the fact that the batsmen didn’t do great Nigerian bowlers gave their all to take the lead in the series as they bowled out the entire team and won the match by 1 run. Favour Eseige, who bagged the Player of the match and Etim Blessing took 2 wickets each and the rest bowlers took 1 each, Rwanda women had no answer to their deliveries and just kept on losing wickets.

Now that the series is 2-1 in favor of Nigeria, it will be interesting to see who takes away the series tomorrow.

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