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Uganda clinches thriller to oust Italy

African side registers its first win of the tournament by one wicket

Uganda clinches thriller to oust Italy - Cricket News
Damian Crowley with Carl Sandri and Joy Perera made small but significant contributions to take Italy to 148 for 4 in its 20 overs.
Uganda pulled of a thrilling one-wicket victory against Italy in the 21st match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday (November 18).

Uganda, which won the toss and elected to field, inflicted the first blow as Frank Nsubuga, the off-spinner, dismissed Andy Northcote in the fifth over.

Gareth Berg and Peter Petricola stabilised the Italian innings with the former hitting a 40-ball 62 before being caught and bowled by Patrick Ochan. Damian Crowley, Carl Sandri and Joy Perera made small but significant contributions to take Italy to 148 for 4 in its 20 overs.

Nsubuga was the pick of the bowlers bagging 2 for 22 runs in his four overs.

The Uganda chase faced an early blow as Crowley struck with the second ball of the innings dismissing Roger Mukasa for a duck. Arthur Kyobe and Abram Mutyagaba helped the Africans recover as Sandri and Vince Pennazza continued troubling the middle order.

A ninth-wicket partnership of 49 runs between Richard Okia and Charles Waiswa took Uganda to 146 for 9 with three runs required to win off five balls, which was eventually achieved.

Penazza and Sandri picked up two wickets each for Italy.
 
Davis Arinaitwe, the Uganda captain, said he was particularly happy with the way the batsmen handled the pressure in spite of losing wickets in a heap. "It was definitely tough. Losing wickets in a cluster always creates pressure on the new batsmen in middle. But I have always said there are lots of guys in the team who can win matches for us. Today guys like Richard Okia and Charles Waiswa stood up and won the game for us. So we will take the win however it came,” he said.

“We have not had a good start to the tournament, but I always thought we are a very good side to compete against top associate teams. We needed to get just one win to get back in the tournament.”

Italy will play Namibia in its next match on Tuesday while Uganda takes on Canada in the other Group A clash of the day.

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