Uganda Secures Historic First Win at T20 World Cup

Uganda play West Indies in their next game on Saturday

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  • Uganda’s cricket team achieved their first T20 World Cup win by beating Papua New Guinea, with captain Brian Masaba expressing immense pride in his team’s hard work. Despite being one of the lowest-ranked teams, Uganda’s victory was marked by key performances from Frank Nsubuga and Riazat Ali Shah, sparking jubilant celebrations among their fans.

Uganda’s captain, Brian Masaba, described his team’s victory over Papua New Guinea at the T20 World Cup as an incredibly special moment. This win marked Uganda’s first triumph at a major global cricket event, as they successfully chased down a target of 78 runs with three wickets and ten balls remaining.

“I’m extremely proud of these guys,” Masaba stated. “They’ve worked incredibly hard, and achieving a World Cup win for our country is truly special.”

Despite being the second-lowest ranked team in the tournament, only above Canada, Uganda qualified through a surprising victory over Zimbabwe in the African qualifiers. Uganda boasts just 20 cricket clubs, a stark contrast to Yorkshire’s 800.

“It’s been quite a journey to get here,” Masaba continued. “Reaching the World Cup was significant, but this win surpasses that.”

Veteran spinner Frank Nsubuga, 43, delivered a record-setting performance with his economical four overs, taking two wickets for only four runs. In a tense chase, Riazat Ali Shah scored 33 off 56 balls, leading to joyous celebrations among their supporters in Florida.

This victory came after a heavy 125-run loss to Afghanistan in their opening match. The players, many of whom hold part-time jobs, celebrated with their trademark dance on the field.

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“We have a dedicated group of fans who traveled halfway around the world to support us,” Masaba added. “I don’t think they expected a World Cup win, but it was the least we could do for them.”

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