Tikolo’s Uganda fi­nally shake off arch ri­vals Kenya

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

Former na­tional team coach and cap­tain Steve Tikolo re­turned to haunt his coun­try­men as he led Uganda to a two-wicket win over Kenya at the Cricket Kenya Quad­ran­gu­lar se­ries in Nairobi yes­ter­day.

Deus Muhu­muza picked up five for, and went on to put on su­perb dis­play with the bat (16 not out) to lead his side to a mem­o­rable win over their ‘cricket big broth­ers’.

Even though Kenyans took the match eas­ily af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for to­day’s fi­nal with wins over Qatar and Saudi Ara­bia, the vic­tory will go into the his­tory of Uganda as a big one as it was the first time, they were achiev­ing it. The win was also mem­o­rable for Tikolo, who was Kenya’s coach un­til April this year when CK ter­mi­nated his con­tract.

Need­ing 202 to win af­ter a huge bat­ting col­lapse by the Kenyan bats­men, Uganda were in con­trol of the match, putting on 147 for the loss of two wick­ets.

How­ever, Kenya bounced back with quick wick­ets but Fran­cis Nsub­uga and Muhu­muza saw their team home with an un­beaten ninth wicket stand.

An open­ing cen­tury stand be­tween Alex Obanda and Dhiren Gon­daria had put Kenyan in the driv­ing seat be­fore a top and mid­dle or­der col­lapse saw Kenya lose nine wick­ets for 90 runs, fi­nally end­ing up on 201.

Gon­daria (65) and Obanda (50) com­piled 111 runs of Kenya’s 201 to­tal. But when the Gon­daria fell and Karan Kaul (6) and Obanda fol­lowed in quick suc­ces­sion, Kenya failed to re­cover and found them­selves star­ring at a low score.

Muhu­muza was the main ar­chi­tect of the col­lapse with five wick­ets. Af­ter Mo­hammed Ir­fan had left Kenya two down with the wick­ets of Gon­daria and Kaul, Muhu­muza got into the at­tack im­me­di­ately and re­duced Kenya to 169 for 6 from 123 for 2 with four wick­ets.

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