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09 June 2024 | Cricket

Cricket Cranes locked horns with two-time World Champions West Indies for the first time in any T20i at the World Cup in the wee hours of June 9 at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.

West Indies won the toss and chose to bat setting a formidable target of 173 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 20 overs.

Johnson Charles led the charge with 44 runs supported by Andre Russell's unbeaten 30.

Uganda faced an uphill battle against the formidable West Indies bowling attack. Left-arm orthodox spinner Akeal Hosein wreaked havoc for Uganda with his spellbinding bowling performance. 

With an incisive haul of 5 wickets for 11 runs, Hosein led the charge as Uganda struggles for runs, ultimately being bowled out for a 39 runs in 12 overs.

"Tough day for us. It is a very steep learning curve. Just shows the difference in class. We were outplayed (in all departments) but we must take the learnings from it: as a batting unit, what we can do better to keep us in the game," Brian Masaba, Uganda Captain said.

Despite the tough debut for Uganda, the match served as a valuable learning experience for the team, in so many ways.

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