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Ghana Take’s Early Charge In Group A Of The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa

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Ghana enjoyed the perfect opening weekend at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Sub Regional A Qualifier in Rwanda, banking three impressive wins.

A five-wicket win over the hosts in the first game of the tournament was followed by a nine-wicket triumph over the Seychelles, before Sunday’s 116-run victory over Lesotho.

Rexford Bakum was the star on Sunday, spanking 66 from just 31 balls, before helping himself to five wickets.

Also on Sunday, the debutant Seychelles bagged an emotional win over Lesotho.

The landlocked nation notched 131 for eight batting first, with skipper Samir Patel scoring a breezy 35 not out, and Omar Hussain adding 33.

In reply, the islanders held their nerve superbly, as each of the top four made meaningful contributions to the chase.

Ultimately, they reached the target with 22 balls to spare, sparking great celebrations.

Elsewhere, pre-tournament favourites Uganda are building up a nice head of steam, after comfortable wins over Malawi (ten wickets) and the hosts, Rwanda, who were handed a 106-run drubbing on Sunday.

Ronak Patel hammered 63 not out from just 37 balls , as Uganda reached 169 for four against Rwanda. Saud Islam had started the innings steadily, with a run-a-ball 43.

The chase never got going for the hosts, as they were blown away for just 63. Dinesh Nakrani did most of the damage, with three for 9.

Sunday also saw an entertaining clash between Malawi and Swaziland. The former was coming off a heavy loss to Uganda, while the latter had comfortably cruised past Lesotho in their respective opening games.

Batting first Swaziland were routed out for 97, thanks mainly to Moazzam Baig’s burst of five for 13.

The batters made quick work of the target, with Gift Kansonkho (32) and Samir Sohail (32 not out) playing freely, to seal victory after just 12.4 overs.

Today’s action sees Ghana take Malawi at Gahanga while Lesotho battle Uganda at IPRC in the morning. In the afternoon Seychelles take on Rwanda at

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Gahanga while Uganda face Eswatini at IPRC.

Scores in brief (Sunday)

Group A

Ghana 239 for five in 20 overs ( R Bakum 66, J Vifah 50, O Harvey 41)

Lesotho 123 all out in 18.2 overs ( M Khan 63, R Bakum five for 26)

Ghana won by 116 runs

Lesotho 131 for eight in 20 overs (S Patel 35 not out, O Hussain 33)

Seychelles 132 for four in 16.2 overs (T Rajiv 36, M Islam 28, S Madusanka 28)

Seychelles won by six wickets

Uganda 169 for four in 20 overs (R Patel 63, S Islam 43)

Rwanda 63 all out in 15.1 overs ( S Samal 17, D Nakrani three for 9)

Uganda won by 106 runs

Swaziland 97 all out in 18.2 overs (M Ghadiyali 22, C Forbes 20, M Baig five for 13)

Malawi 99 for two in 12.4 overs ( G Kansonkho 32, S Sohail 32 not out)

Malawi won by eight wickets