Nigeria done a ideal start to a ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier A, as they cruised past Sierra Leone by 88 runs, during a Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval in Lagos on Saturday.
The win was built on a behind of skipper Chimezie Onwuzulike, who tucked into some accessible bowling on a prohibited morning, and helped himself to a spacious 54 off only 34 balls, outstanding 4 sixes in a process.
Coming in during four, a home captain calmed an initial storm, after a home side had mislaid opener Joshua Annayike to a third round of a morning, though scoring. Onwuzulike arrived during a double with a measure of 47 for three, after 9 overs, and he immediately set about his work.
Oladatun Olatunji also weighed in with an interesting 49 for a home side, as they eventually reached 165 for 6 in their 20 overs.
In response, Sierra Leone also mislaid their initial wicket to a third round of a innings, as Saheed Akolade started good with a ball.
Unlike Nigeria, a visitors didn’t have a abyss in batting and mislaid unchanging wickets.
Onwuzulike capped a excellent day for himself, as he got wickets off uninterrupted deliveries, to see Sierra Leone shrivel to 42 for 5 during a median theatre of their chase. They were eventually bowled out for just
77, with Mohamed Taiwo mopping adult a tail to finish with sum of 3 for 14.
In a second compare of a day, Ghana were done to work a lot harder by The Gambia, yet they eventually prevailed by 58 runs in a afternoon clash, underneath even hotter conditions.
Ghana batted first, and done a robust 173 for four, with top-order contributions from R Bakum (44) and P Ananya (30), before J Mensah (37 not out) and D Ankrah (34 not out) crushed 64 off a final 9.4 overs, to lift Ghana over 150.
For The Gambia to prevail, they indispensable a discerning start, though they crashed to 3 for 3 inside a initial dual overs, as Ankrah and D Pereira (two for 16) scythed by a top-order. Things looked grave for a Gambia, though a feisty 55 from P Faye gave a sum some respectability.
Once he fell, a outcome was in no doubt, and Ghana dull off a gentle feat by 58 runs.
Nigeria takes on The Gambia in this morning’s compare while Ghana faces Sierra Leone in a afternoon.
The fixtures and some-more information for a contest can be accessed here https://www.icc-cricket.com/world-t20/