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Ghana hold nerve to pip Nigeria in T20 thriller

James Vifah
Ghana overcome Nigeria in thriller.
  • Olantunji smashes 46 off 30 deliveries to lift Nigeria to 119 

  • Simon Ateak player of the match with another half century

  • Sierra Leone down The Gambia to stay alive in competition

The Black Sticks of Ghana hold all the aces in the ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier A in Lagos, after they outlasted hosts Nigeria in a thrilling clash at the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval on Tuesday.

Nigeria only managed to score 119 for eight in their 20 overs.

Oladotun Olatunji gave his side something to bowl at, with an aggressive 46 off just 30 balls, while the top order fell around him.

His skipper, Chilezie Onwuzulike was again in the runs, chipping in with a much-needed 33 from 29 balls.

But, they were the only batsmen to reach double figures as the home side caved in badly.

David Ankrah was the destroyer in chief, claiming three for 14 in four nagging overs.

In pursuit of 120, Ghana took their time. Opener James Vifah struck a well-paced 32, to set the platform, before the on-song Simon Ateak finished with a nerveless 50 not out, to get them over the line with a ball to spare.

In the earlier contest, Sierra Leone also had a successful chase, as they reined in the paltry total of 87 all out that The Gambia offered.

Only Mbye Dumbuya made any headway with the bat, as The Gambian skipper made 20. The next highest contributor was the extras column of 18, supplemented by 13 wides.

The target was a straightforward one for Sierra Leone, and they got home inside 13 overs.

Abubakarr Kamara (26 not out), Ibrahim Mansaray (25) and Yegbeh Jalloh (20 not out) were all amongst the runs, as Sierra Leone opened their account.

The second round of fixtures will now take place, starting on Wednesday. The Gambia play Ghana in the morning while Nigeria face Sierra Leone in the afternoon.

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Points Table 

Team

Played

Won

Lost

Tied

No Result

Points

NRR

Ghana

3

3

0

0

0

6

1,537

Nigeria

3

2

1

0

0

4

2,184

Sierra Leone

3

1

2

0

0

2

-1,161

The Gambia

3

0

3

0

0

0

-2,907

 

Fixtures:

Wednesday 18th April 

9:30am Gambia vs Ghana
1:50pm Sierra Leone vs Nigeria 

Thursday 19th April Reserve Day

Friday 20th April

9:30am Ghana vs Sierra Leone
1:50pm Nigeria vs Gambia

Saturday 21st April 

9:30am Sierra Leone vs Gambia
1:50pm Ghana vs Nigeria

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