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Kwibuka T20: Nigeria beat Brazil in opening fixture

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

The Female Yellow Green of Nigeria defeated the South American side, Brazil, with 8 wickets in their opening fixture at the eighth edition of the Kwibuka T20I in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Nigeria women’s cricket team, who won the toss against new timers Brazil, elected to send them to bat.

Resultantly, Brazil, who alongside Germany are the featuring in the memorial event for the first time and also the only teams from outside the African continent, amassed a total of 53 runs all out in 15.2 overs.

According to Musa Ehizoje Bodie, Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), Evelynde Souza scored 12 runs off 22 balls to register her name as the best bating figure for Brazil, ranked 29 in the ICC chart.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Rukayat Abdulrazaq, who debut for the world-ranked 38 women’s cricket team, stole the spotlight in a scintillating display to bowl 4 wickets, conceding 9 runs in 3.2 overs.

Following, Esiegbe Favour also performed brilliantly having attained 3 wickets, conceding 12 runs, 1 maiden over in 4 overs.

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In the second innings, Female Yellow Green made light work of the run chase by scoring the required total in 10.5 overs, losing just 2 wickets.

Salome Sunday led the run chase with 22 runs of 17 balls not out, supported by Agatha Obulor with 12 runs off 17 balls.

Nigeria finished with 56 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 10.2 overs with debutant Rukayat Abdulrazaq named player of the match.

However, the coach of the Nigeria women’s cricket team Leke Oyede has said the team will continue to improve and stick to their game plans.

Oyede stressed that the squad is under the tutelage of an experienced coach who is determined to achieve the desired results both in the tournament and ICC world ranking.

“We came to this event with our match plan and experience has taught us to take the matches as they come. We are very happy about this victory, but we are more focused on the next match,” Oyede stated.

“There is no gainsaying that the victory was well deserved, but we still have some work to do, we were a bit careless in some areas and we need to plug all the leakages as we perfect our game plans” he said.

 

Nigeria look to the next fixture against Germany, ranked 25 in the International Cricket Council (ICC) chart in the women’s category.

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