Kilimanjaro Aces maintain winning ways in TCA T20 Super League

23Feb 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Kilimanjaro Aces maintain winning ways in TCA T20 Super League

KILIMANJARO Aces' cricketers have stretched their winning run in this year's Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) Reliance Insurance T20 Super League, cruising to a two-wicket victory over Tembo Warriors in a clash which took place in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

Kilimanjaro Aces' player, Arshaan Jasani (L), is presented with the best player of the game by Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA)'s Chairman, Premji Pindoria, after the former's club played Tembo Warriors in this season's TCA Reliance Insurance T20 Super League tie, which took place in Dar es Salaam on Sunday. Kilimanjaro Aces edged Tembo Warriors by two wickets. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TCA

Experienced batsman, Jatin Darji, slotted in as opening batsman, had by far the best performance at the crease once Tembo Warriors were presented with the opportunity to bat first in the match.

Darji nailed 31 runs, which consisted of four fours and a six, he was ultimately the only one with double digit score given the rest of the players displayed woeful showing.

Neither Vishal Patel, who has of late shown scintillating performance with the bat, nor Issa Kikasi could make their experience count, leaving Tembo Warriors with a poor score.

Tembo Warriors, ultimately, notched 67 runs all out in 17 overs, with Patel, Kikasi and the remaining performers ending with poor scores.

Kilimanjaro Aces' experienced spinners, Kassim Nassor and Athumani Siwa, mercilessly tormented Tembo Warriors' players and played pivotal role in frustrating the batsmen.

The two skilful bowlers ended with three wickets apiece. Nassor gave away seven runs in four overs, notching an economy rate of 1.75.

Siwa bowled three overs, gave away 10 runs and ended with an economy rate of 3.33.

Laksh Snehal chipped in with two wickets, giving away seven runs in two overs.

Although they were presented with a modest target of 68 runs in their sight, Kilimanjaro Aces had to knuckle down to the victory, given they experienced a spirited fight back showcased by Tembo Warriors.

Kilimanjaro Aces, led by gifted batsman Arshaan Jasani, reached the target, notching 70 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 18.2 overs.

The squad's chase faced a blow earlier in the innings, as opener Dhrumit Mehta succumbed to an early exit given he was dismissed for duck by Tembo Warriors' medium pacer Salum Jumbe. Fellow opener Jasani put his resoluteness to show, notching 16 runs.

His efforts to extend his stay was thwarted by Tembo Warriors' Khalil Rehemtullah, who went for a catch to dismiss the former from Suraj Pala's bowling.

Skipper Nassoro replicated his stellar performance with the ball, when he took the crease, as he recorded 14 runs to see to it Kilimanjaro Aces get down to successful chase.

The team's chase later on faced a scare given they dropped four wickets in quick succession.

Youthful batsmen, Karim Athuman and Mohamed Yunus, though stood firm to catapult their team to the victory with solid knocks.

The two batsmen forged the eighth wicket stand, with Athuman recording seven runs not out whilst Yunus ended with five runs not out.

Patel, Darji, Rehemtullah, Pala and Jumbe ended their bowling stints with a wicket each during Tembo Warriors' turn with the ball.

Reliance Insurance are main sponsors for the tournament, which is organized by the national cricket governing body in a bid to boost cricket promotion at the domestic level.

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