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New Zealand bowlers contained Uganda for 40; second lowest team total in T20 WC

During the clash against New Zealand, the Uganda cricket team created another unwanted record in the 2024 T20 World Cup by scoring the second-lowest team total of the edition.

New Zealand bowlers strangled the Uganda batters in every ball they bowled and managed to contain the team for just 40 runs. None of the NZ bowlers who bowled today remained wicketless.

Apart from Lockie Ferguson, every bowler bagged more than one wicket. Kiwi opening batter Rachin Ravindra got to roll his arm over and took a couple of wickets. Kenneth Waiswa’s 11 runs remain Uganda’s highest individual score of the game.

Apart from Waiswa none of the batters reached the double-digit score. Notably, both Uganda and New Zealand have been eliminated from the Super 8 race. Uganda played their first group match against Afghanistan and lost the game by a massive 125-run difference.

In their second game against PNG, Uganda made a bounce back by winning the game by 3 wickets. In their last game against West Indies, Uganda lost the game by 134 runs and registered the lowest total in the T20 World Cup history, equalling Netherlands’ 39 in 2014.

On the other hand, New Zealand played their first match against Afghanistan and lost the game by 84 runs and lost their second game by 13 runs against West Indies.

With back-to-back losses New Zealand’s hopes of qualifying for the Super 8 remained thin. Adding fuel to the fire, Afghanistan’s 7 wickets victory against PNG kicked New Zealand out of the race.

With West Indies already qualified for the next round, the Afghans’ qualification automatically kicked New Zealand out of the tournament.

New Zealand cricketers and fans were left out in frustration after the Afghanistan result. During the NZ vs UGA toss, Kane Williamson expressed his displeasure at being knocked out of the tournament.

Speaking of the game, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl first. Ronak Patel and Simon Ssesazi opened the inning for Uganda. New Zealand’s ace bowler Trent Boult made the dream start by bagging a wicket in the first over. Boult dismissed Simon Ssesazi for a golden duck and made the first breakthrough.

In the very next delivery, Boult struck again and dismissed Robinson Obuya for another golden duck. With back-to-back wickets in the first over, Uganda batters loaded with pressure.

Southee for his part dismissed Alpesh Ramjani for six ball duck and made the scoreboard look like a football match scoreboard. After losing three wickets for 2 runs, Uganda batters struggled to face the Kiwi bowlers with confidence.

Uganda batters started to make defensive knocks but Kane Williamson and Co. started to breach the line with their aggressive bowling attack.

Uganda batters started to lose wickets before even analysing the game and ended up scoring just 40 runs after losing all their 10 wickets in 18.4 overs.

Uganda’s 40 becomes the second-lowest team score in T20 World Cup history with the first being shared by Uganda and Netherlands – 39.

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