Uganda 7-for-78 (Math 33, Miyagi 13, Nao 2-16) Papua New Guinea 77 (Hiri 15, Nsubuga 2-4, Miyagi 2-10) by three wickets

A three-wicket win on a tough pitch gave Uganda their first win in the T20 World Cup. They beat Papua New Guinea (PNG) in a low-scoring game in Guyana where both teams battled for their first win in the competition. PNG’s batting was all out for 77 before Uganda, struggling at 26 for 5, cruised home in the 19th over.

Riazat Ali Shah, one of Uganda’s rising stars, used a come-back lift in his careful 33-run 56 to take them over during a difficult chase, falling just three runs short of the Ugandan target. PNG were left to rue their poor batting, but they also conceded 15 wides, the second highest tally on the scorecard.

But the story of the evening was Uganda’s bowling in the first innings, which was set up by the pair of 43-year-old Frank Nsuboga and 21-year-old Juma Miyagi.

Both of them validated their involvement in the game with brilliant magic. Nsubuga played the most efficient spell (minimum four overs) in T20 World Cup history with the figures of 4-2-4-2. He also became the second bowler after Ajantha Mendes in 2012 to bowl 20 dot balls in a T20 World Cup game.

Uganda’s pace shakes PNG.

Alpesh Ramjani gave Uganda a wicket on the second ball when left-handed batsman Asadwala played back the left-arm spinner, who took the ball around the wicket and onto the stumps. Miyagi and Cosmas Kyewuta then put PNG on the back foot with their pace.

Left-handed batsman Sess Bau couldn’t clear Miyagi at mid-off where Roger Makasa took a tumbling catch while going backwards. Kyewuta then got big when Tony Yura, PNG’s leading run-scorer in T20Is, also dismissed Makasa. Lega Sayaka was run out for 12 runs in the seventh over, trying to get another run as he felt pressured to play the outs against two fast bowlers.

Nsubuga on target

When Nsubuga slid one through Charles Amini’s leg stump in the 11th over, he became the second-oldest bowler to take a wicket in a T20 World Cup. Nsuboga then bowled Harry Harry lbw although at first glance it looked like the batsman had come too far down the wicket. The review, though, went in Uganda’s favor.

Ramjani’s second wicket fell when he also had Caplan Duriga lbw for 12. Skipper Brian Masaba then got into the act with the top spinner going through Chad Soper’s defence. Miyagi and Kiyota took the last two wickets, as PNG had five balls to spare.

Nao retreats.

Ile Nau gave PNG a similar start when he removed Makasa for a second straight duck in the first over. Norman Vanua then removed Robinson Obiah who was holed out to mid-on where Vala didn’t have to move to complete the catch.

Nau then bowled Simon Sisazi lbw in the third over as PNG became vulnerable for 6 at 3. Ramjani then hit a fine boundary from offside as he and Riazat tried to get Uganda off the hook. Soper, though, got a seam up delivery to scissor through Ramjani in the sixth over. When PNG skipper Vala caught and bowled Dinesh Nikrani, PNG were on the rise.

The calmness of austerity prevails.

When Uganda were 35 for 5, Amini dropped Riazat when he was on 8. It was an easy chance after Riazat misplayed a shot, but it turned out to be the turning point in Uganda’s chase. Riazat registered his only boundary in the 11th over when he hit a fine cover drive against Vala.

He added 35 runs for the sixth wicket with Miyagi but was later run out after a mix-up in the 14th over. Riazat remained calm despite the sacking, although PNG also continued to support Uganda. Bau dropped Kenneth Vizuwa for 4, though Riazat eventually fell in the 18th over. John Kariko took a good catch at deep third, though it was a little too late for PNG.

Mohammad Esam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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