Uganda celebrates first World Cup victory

Henry

Uganda achieved their first victory ever in a T20 World Cup after this African nation beat Papua New Guinea (PNG) by three wickets at the Providence Stadium.

The PNG batsmen were sent back to the dressing rooms for just 77 runs after they were already in the thick of it with the score at 26-5.

Uganda’s Riazat Ali Shah then scored 33 runs in his team’s successful run chase.

Riazat put up a crucial sixth wicket partnership of 35 runs with Juma Miyagi (13) which sealed the match for the tournament debutants.

However, Papua New Guinea will rue the missed catch when Shah was dropped by Charles Amini with his score on eight.

The Ugandans celebrated their victory with dance moves on the edge of the pitch.

“This is a very special victory for us,” says Brian Masaba, captain of Uganda.

“I am extremely proud of this group of players. They have put in the necessary work and to achieve a victory for their country in the tournament is special.”

Masaba and his team won the toss and decided to bowl first. Alpesh Ramjani, captain of PNG, was out with the second ball.

And the rest, as they say, is history.