ICC Men's T20 WC'24: New Zealand's Clinical Bowling Secures Win Over Uganda

ICC Men's T20 WC'24: New Zealand's Clinical Bowling Secures Win Over Uganda
New Zealand's dominant display against Uganda in the T20 World Cup saw the African team bowled out for just 40 runs. Led by Trent Boult and Tim Southee, the Kiwi bowlers proved too strong for Uganda's inexperienced batting lineup. This resulted in a resounding nine-wicket victory for New Zealand, achieved in a mere 5.2 overs during their Group C encounter at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.
Right from the beginning, Trent Boult established his dominance with fiery full inswingers. Even experienced batsmen would have found Boult's precise accuracy challenging. Uganda's opener, Ronak Patel, managed to rotate the strike early on, but Boult soon caused chaos. Simon Ssesazi, the left-hander, was dismissed leg before wicket by a lethal inswinger, while Robinson Obuya was bowled comprehensively by another swinging delivery through the gate.
With Boult conceding just one run in his opening over, Southee (3-4) maintained the pressure with a maiden, further stifling the Ugandan top order. Boult then delivered another maiden over, leaving Uganda reeling at 9 for 3 by the end of the powerplay. Southee also claimed a wicket, trapping Alpesh Ramjani LBW in his second over.
The relentless Kiwi attack continued with spinners Mitchell Santner (2-8) and Rachin Ravindra (2-9), alongside pacer Lockie Ferguson. Santner claimed the wicket of Ronak Patel, who edged a delivery to wicketkeeper Devon Conway. Ferguson then uprooted Kenneth Waiswa's stumps, and even Uganda's more experienced batters, Riazat Ali Shah and Dinesh Nakrani, found no respite.
By the 14th over, Uganda had slumped to 27 for 7, narrowly avoiding their lowest-ever T20 total of 39 against the West Indies. Despite the minor consolation, the Ugandan innings ended at 40, their last wicket falling in the 19th over.
New Zealand chased down the small target comfortably. Despite Uganda getting a lucky breakthrough when Riazat Ali Shah caught Finn Allen down the leg side, the outcome was never uncertain. New Zealand's batsmen, starting cautiously, skillfully rotated the strike. Devon Conway (22*), with his stylish finish, clinched the victory by smashing consecutive boundaries off Juma Miyagi.
Source: IANS