Shazad stars with Bat as Uganda win series against Kenya

© Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Uganda sealed a memorable series win over Kenya this afternoon after Shazad Kamal scored an unbeaten 75 off 55 balls.

Kenya won the toss and choose to bat first and were 165/3 in 30 Overs before an afternoon downpour hampered their progress. Again Diren Ghondaria (50) as he did in Game 3 tore into the Ugandan attack scoring a half century in the process, Irfan Karim (65 not out) also found some form in Game 4 as he was unbeaten before the rain came.

After the D/L method Uganda was set a target of 186 in 27 overs and they got off to a bad start losing Hamu Kayondo on the second delivery of the day.

This brought Roger Mukasa to the crease and his 43 set the base for Shazad Kamal to flourish. Mukasa was in his usual mood playing some beautiful cricket shots that were cheered by the handful of fans.

The loss of Roger Mukasa never dented the chase as Davis Karashani in at 4 scored a quick fire and important 19 keeping up with the asking rate.

Whatever was left of the deficit Shazad took care of it. He hit a big six on top of the pavilion off the bowling of Collins Obuya to bring up his 50 from there on Kenya was down and out.

Deus Muhumuza finished off the game with a six over backward point to claim the series for Uganda.

Peter Ongondo, the assistant coach of Uganda, spoke about the series and the quality of cricket Uganda has played;

On paper we look like the better side and people back home think Uganda are minnows. But Uganda has improved a lot as a team and their batting is much better as they now look to score off more singles than boundaries.

Steve Tikolo was happy with the series win and the lessons he will take from these series.

“We have been doing some simulation training of similar match situations and I am happy the boys got the line. I think Kenya has been surprised by Uganda, we have been on this journey for the last 8 months and our development has been a lot of hard,” he said

Game 5, a dead rubber of sorts, gives Kenya a chance to salvage some pride or for Uganda to complete the clean sweep.

All team Uganda players have a gotten a chance to play and it will be interesting to see which team coach Steve names tomorrow.