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Battle For U19 World Cup Spot Down To The Wire In Kigali

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The ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Africa Qualifier concludes today with three teams in with a chance to qualify to the West Indies next year.

Tanzania are in pole position and simply need to beat Uganda to seal qualification to the Caribbean. They have dominated opponents, with their quality attack boasting a decent mix of seam and spin.

Uganda need to beat Tanzania and hope Namibia do not better the net run rate against Nigeria. The Baby Cranes have come alive since their loss on the opening day to Namibia.

They swept aside Rwanda in a rain affected encounter at Gahanga whilst they had Nigeria on the ropes at 65/8, allowing the last wicket to put on 60 as the Nigerians finished on 125.

They won that game by 82 runs, however the extra runs conceded meant that their net run rate now sits on 1.292 versus Tanzania’s of 1.560. Pascal Murungi and centurion Cyrus Kakuru dragging their team back into contention with some fine performances with the bat.

Namibia currently sit in third place with 2 wins from three and a net run rate of 0.861.

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They must win big against Nigeria and hope for a narrow victory for Uganda against leaders Tanzania.

Jan Balt has been exceptional for them and will look to him once again for his all-round contribution.

Tanzania have been superbly lead by Dhrumit Atul Mehta with telling contributions from the top order.

Das, Jabiri, Akida and the skipper himself have looked solid throughout the tournament while the 14 year-old Laksh Bakrania has been a sensational find for the team.

Credit must go to coach Yahya Jiwa for spotting this young talent and having the confidence to play him.

It’s all set up for an exciting final day in Kigali where Namibia play Nigeria at Gahanga where the wicket is conducive to batting whereas Uganda face Tanzania on the newly developed IPRC ground in KicuKiro that favours spin.