Nigeria lost to Kenya in the first match and will play against Rwanda today

Nigeria lost to Kenya in the first match and will play against Rwanda today



After a narrow loss to Kenya in the first match of the International Cricket Council (ICC) 2024 T20 World Cup Qualifying Tournament, the senior men’s national team Yellow Greens will face Rwanda in the second match of the tournament today.

The Yellow Greens lost their opening match against Kenya by four wickets despite keeping the East Africans at bay for most of the match. Sylvester Okupe and his teammates chased 121 in the first innings as Kenya won the toss and elected to play at United’s cricket ground.

Danladi Isaac scored 46 runs off 46 balls and Prosper Useni scored 37 runs off 19 runs, the two best scores of the innings. However, Kenya restarted from the second innings and kept Nigeria at bay with a required 122 runs until the 19th over when Shem Goche gave Chiemeri Udekwe an astonishing 19 runs, but the last 20 innings He reduced the required RBI to five pitches, and of course he hit them. 19.5.

Tayo Atolowe, the leader of the Nigerian delegation that attended the event and South West representative on the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) Board of Directors, said the loss was a loss given that victory was within reach. He said it hurt.

“The 19th was an important match and we lost in front of the experience and good strategy that was needed at the time. But again, there are a lot of good things to take away here. Nigeria’s bowling was great and we played better defense than any game we’ve played recently,” he said.

Atroye said the narrow loss overshadowed the general improvement of the Nigerian side, adding that he believes this will inspire the team to succeed in the next matches.

“Nigeria are clearly playing better than their current ranking, which pleases us and justifies our investment in the team,” he added. Today’s match against Rwanda will be held at the Wanderers Cricket Ground.

Source: guardian.ng

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