By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 20, 2017
Ukani Shazad scored an unbeaten half century as Uganda beat Kenya by six wickets to clinch the Kenya/Uganda series at Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala on Wednesday.
Shazad scored 74 from 57 balls as his side sealed the revised target of 186 in 22 overs. His knock that came after the home team had been reduced to 35 for 2 after only 4.2 overs included three sixes and nine boundaries was matched by Roger Mukasa’s 43 from 33 balls as Uganda finished on 186 for four.
"When we were given the revised target of chasing 186 from 27 overs it looked tough but we had a belief that we can do it because we have been working on playing under these circumstances in training.
"Myself and Mukasa looked aggressive taking singles and doubles so that was easing pressure and waiting for bad balls to come and just going with the flow,” Shazad said after the match.
Shazad completely dominated the chase sharing crucial stands with skipper Davis Karashani that got them to 128 for 4 after 16.4 overs and the winning stand of 58 with Deuz Muhumuza that lasted six overs.
“Kenya is ranked among the top associate countries in the continent and being able to lead my team over the finish line is a good feeling and a good confidence booster a we look forward to the next assignments,” added Shazad.
Ochieng proved expensive
Eugene Ochieng, the seamer brought into the match at the expense of Lucas Oluoch, proved expensive conceding 24 in the only two overs.
Spinner Shem Obado Obuya also lacked potency in helpful conditions as he went for 1 for 46 in five overs.
Kenya were indebted to Irfan Karim (65) and Dhiren Gondaria (50) who gave Kenya a good start.
The two openers put on an opening stand of 81 in 13.6 overs before Gondaria was caught immediately after reaching his half century from 42 balls which included eight balls and a six.
After the dismissal of Gondaria which paved way for Alex Obanda, Kenya were two wickets down for 91 after Obanda was bowled by Henry Ssenyondo for 3.
Kenya managed to bounce back when Karim and Obuya put on 70 for the third wicket. The stand that looked threatening was ended in the 35th over when Muhumuza had Obuya caught and bowled on 37 runs with the board on 161.
Gurdeep Singh could only last three balls before he was the fourth wicket to fall with the board still on 161 runs.
The skies opened
Karim and Rushabh Patel could only partner for two over adding four runs before the skies opened.
When the match resumed, Uganda were given a revised target of 186.
Uganda inning began in a sour note when Hamu Kayondo was caught for a two balls duck off Nehemiah Odhiambo who was also making a return to the first team after missing two matches.
Arthur Kyobe and Mukasa paired up with 35 runs for the second wicket before Odhiambo picked his second by having Kyobe caught behind on 10.
Mukasa and Shazad then added 39 for the third wicket in five overs before Obado bowled Mukasa but not without having troubled Kenya bowlers by managing seven boundaries and a six.
Mukasa's dismissal opened up for a match winning knock from Shazad.