Jasani helps bristling Tanzania humiliate Kenya

Arshan Jasani was left just ten runs short of a T20i maiden ton but that did not stop Tanzania from handing Kenya a 49 – run humiliating defeat in their second match of the ongoing ICC Africa T20 Regional Final at the IPRC Kicukiro Oval in Kigali, Rwanda.

Jasani accumulated seven boundaries and four maximums to account for his 52 – ball 90 that guided Tanzania to 5/187 as he navigated through searing gaps and aerial safety for the bulk of his innings. Ivan Selemani had also taken flight to arrive at 40 off 21 before being bowled by Emmanuel Bundi inside the seventh over with the scoreboard on 2/59.

Riziki Kiseto ran through Kenya’s batting order with 4/17. Photo Courtesy

Jasani formed crucial partnerships in the innings, the best of them with Salum Jumbe (20) to add an unbeaten 71 – run partnership to the sixth wicket after Rakep Patel made crucial breakthroughs in consecutive overs. Patel dismissed Kassim Nassoro (11) and Harsheed Chohan (2) in the 12th and 14th overs to reduce Tanzania to 5/116 at the close of the 14th to give Kenya a glimpse of hope, hitherto short lived.

Patel was the pick of the bowlers for Kenya with 2/28 off his entire allotment.

Rakep Patel was impressive with both bat and ball. Photo Courtesy.

In return, Kenya had a stumbling start after losing Gurdeep Singh (1) at the close of the second over, his stumps upended by Riziki Kiseto. Irfan Karim played spectator for a time as Alex Obanda smacked the ball around before perishing at the close of the fifth for just 12 runs.

Obanda’s fluent batting yielded a much needed 47 runs off 33 balls, taking the board to 3/73 when Kimote breached his defences in the 9th over. Rakep Patel added 38 runs from 21 balls to give Kenya an extended fourth wicket lull, his departure at the beginning of the 16th over spelling doom with a daunting 59 still required. Six balls later, Collins Obuya (24) followed him back to the hut, ominous signs on the wall as Kiseto picked his second scalp.

Tanzania National Cricket team. Photo Courtesy

Kiseto would later account for the Ngoche siblings to finish with an impressive 4/17 including a maiden that left Kenya keeling at 8/133 at the close of the 17th over.

Nassoro contributed 3/6 from his couple while Ally Kimote wrapped up victory for the Southern neighbours with 2/14 from 3.4 overs.

The win ends a perfect day for Tanzania with 2/2 after beating Nigeria by 6 wickets in their opening match.

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