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CRICKET: Rwanda defeat West Indies in the Super Six to show their power once again in .

West Indies Women slumped to a surprise four-wicket defeat to African nation Rwanda Women in their opening game of the ICC Under-19 Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Sunday, to suffer a massive setback in their quest for a semi-final berth.

Rwanda defeat West Indies in the Super Six to show their power once again in international cricket

Rwanda U19 Women defeated West Indies U19 Women in the Super Six match of the ICC Women’s U19 World Cup and showed their potential once again for international cricket. Previously they had upset Zimbabwe in a group match.

Rwanda U19 Women took a 4-wicket victory over West Indies while chasing a low target of 71 runs and creating history in world cricket. This is the first time Rwanda U19 Women defeated West Indies U19 Women in a World Cup.

The lethargy which the Caribbean side displayed in their final group game against New Zealand Women when they crashed to a ten-wicket defeat returned to haunt them again, mustering a paltry 70 all out off 16.3 overs, and then watching as Rwanda Women eclipsed the target with ten balls to spare.

Choosing to bat first, West Indies Women lost wickets steadily from the outset and only Realeanna Grimmond with 18 from 21 balls with two fours, managed to reach double figures. Leg-spinners Marie Tumukunde (4-8) and Sylvia Usabyimana (4-20) proved West Indies Women’s undoing, ripping the innings apart with four-wicket bursts.


Naijanni Cumberbatch of West Indies is stumped by Merveille Uwase during their Super6 match on Sunday. (Photo courtesy ICC Media)

Requiring a huge bowling effort, West Indies Women were incisive up front, reducing Rwanda Women’s run chase to 40 for six at the end of the 12th over to be in with a chance of victory.

However, captain Gisele Ishimwe came to her side’s rescue with an unbeaten 31 off 53 deliveries with two fours, more importantly putting on a crucial 31 in an unbroken seventh wicket stand with Rosine Irera (eight not out) to snuff out the Caribbean side’s threat.

In the match played today between Rwanda U19 Women and West Indies U19 Women, West Indies U19 Women won the toss and elected to bat first.


The team joy, national pride !

Batting first, West Indies U19 Women could add only 70 runs on the board before they got summed up in 16.3 overs after being chopped by Sylvia Usabyimana and Marie Tumukunde’s 4-wicket-haul each. Zurufat Ishimwe took the rest two wickets for Rwanda U19 Women to help restrict West Indies U19 Women to just 70 runs. Realeanna Grimmond was the only batter to score in double digits for West Indies U19 Women with 18 runs off 21 balls.

While chasing the target of 71 runs, Rwanda U19 Women made 71 runs at the loss of 6 wickets in 18.2 overs and registered the win over the West Indies U19 Women. Gisele Ishimwe was the top most run scorer for Rwanda U19 Women with 31 runs off 53 balls.

However, captain Gisele Ishimwe came to her side’s rescue with an unbeaten 31 off 53 deliveries with two fours, more importantly putting on a crucial 31 in an unbroken seventh wicket stand with Rosine Irera (eight not out) to snuff out the Caribbean side’s threat.

Choosing to bat first, West Indies Women lost wickets steadily from the outset and only Realeanna Grimmond with 18 from 21 balls with two fours, managed to reach double figures. Leg-spinners Marie Tumukunde (4-8) and Sylvia Usabyimana (4-20) proved West Indies Women’s undoing, ripping the innings apart with four-wicket bursts.

Requiring a huge bowling effort, West Indies Women were incisive up front, reducing Rwanda Women’s run chase to 40 for six at the end of the 12th over to be in with a chance of victory.

However, captain Gisele Ishimwe came to her side’s rescue with an unbeaten 31 off 53 deliveries with two fours, more importantly putting on a crucial 31 in an unbroken seventh wicket stand with Rosine Irera (eight not out) to snuff out the Caribbean side’s threat.

Gisele Ishimwe was the Player of the Match for her 31*(53) in batting.

Author: MANZI
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