Tanzania’s U-19 cricketers prolong losing streak in ICC World Cup

21Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Tanzania’s U-19 cricketers prolong losing streak in ICC World Cup

TANZANIA’s national U-19 cricketers have prolonged their losing streak in the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifiers' Africa Division 1 tournament, conceding eight-wicket loss to Kenya at the Wanderers Ground in Windhoek, Namibia yesterday.

Tanzania’s national U-19 cricket team’s Harsheed Chohan bats against Ghana during one of games of the ICC U-19 World Cup Africa Division 2 Qualifiers in South Africa.

After winning the toss, Tanzania youngsters opted to bat first and were skittled for 143 runs in 48.5 overs, with meaningful contribution with the bat coming from Abdallah Jabiri, Brian Laizer, Salmini Said and Ashish Shah.Laizer posted a 62-ball 27, which included a four, whilst Jabiri, Said and Shah notched 28 runs, 18 runs and 16 runs respectively.

Aahil Jasani, who batted at number five, chipped in with nine runs off 24 balls.

Kenya’s Sukhdeep Singh, Jairaj Pujara and Hashit Vekaria recorded two wickets apiece during their squad’s turn with the ball.

In response, Kenya put their batting superiority to show, as they reached the target for the loss of two wickets in 37 overs.

Opener Shukraj Ghataora scored 52 runs not out, which included two boundaries, Singh notched 53 runs, which included two boundaries and four sixes, and Shukan Mehta recorded 26 runs to help the squad cruise to the win.Dhrumit Mehta and Krutik Thakkar took a wicket apiece for 34 and 10 runs respectively in what turned out to be futile attempt by Tanzania to foil the opponents’ chase.

The loss, a third in a row for Tanzania youngsters in the qualifiers, has, as a result, left the team’s pursuit of qualification for a place in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020, scheduled for January and February 2020 in South Africa, in tatters. 

The Tanzania youngsters opened their campaign in the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifiers' Africa Division 1 on a wrong foot, succumbing to a 27-run loss to Sierra Leone last Sunday.

Tanzania went on to lose to hosts, Namibia, by 250 runs the following day. The side consists of Krutik Thakkar, Kartik Sayal, Dhrumit Atul, Salimini Saidi, Abdallah Jabiri, Mohamed Issa, Abubakar Alfani, Faraji Mrope, Sefu Mokiwa, Yalinda Nkanya, Aahil Jasani, Kelvin Mbinda, Baraka Laiza and Ashish Shah.

Six teams, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and hosts, Namibia, are competing in the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifiers' Africa Division 1, with the top team qualifying for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020.

 

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