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ICC T-20 Qualifiers: Nigeria defeat Botswana, Ghana to keep qualification hope alive

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The Nigeria Cricket national men’s team puts aside their defeat against Kenya to record back-to-back victory against Botswana and West African rivals, Ghana at the ongoing ICC T-20 World Cup qualifiers.

In the Day 2 of the ongoing Africa qualifier in Uganda, team Nigeria recovered from Day I setback when they faced Botswana that won the toss and elected to field first thereby sending in Nigeria to bat.

Nigeria played a well-constructed innings in the opening stages but stumbled later in the game with wickets falling at quick successions.

At the end of 20 overs, Nigeria managed a total score of 119 runs all out in the 20th overs.

Young Isaac Danladi from the victorious U-19 team led the way for Nigeria with 37 runs strongly supported by Joshua Ayannaike with 33 runs as the best performers with the bat for Nigeria.

In the second innings, Botswana started brightly in their run chase but the bowling attack of Nigeria was too strong as they struggled to string up a decent partnership.

Isaac Okpe and Isaac Danladi tore into the hearts of the Botswana batting order to record an impressive bowling statistics of 2 wickets for 17 runs and 2 wickets for 23 runs in 4 overs respectively.

At the end of the second innings, Botswana could only manage a total of 108 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs, giving the team an 11 runs victory over its opponents.

Meanwhile, in its match against Ghana on Wednesday, Ghana won the toss and elected to field first sending in Nigeria to bat.

Nigeria set off on a decent note and progressed through the opening stages of the innings quite comfortably with 68 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 12 overs.

A little scare in the middle of the innings with the loss of Isaac Danladi for no runs but Captain Ademola Onikoyi took charge of proceedings to steer Nigeria to a comfortable score of 135 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs.

Onikoyi led the batting onslaught with 49 runs off 35 balls, strongly supported by Ovais Yusuf with 33 runs off 44 balls and late but valuable additions by Vincent Adewoye with 23 runs off 13 balls not out.

In the second innings, Isaac Okpe turned on the pressure on the Ghanaian opening pair to force errors and prevent the use of the bating power play overs.

However, it was Vincent Adewoye who took the game away by taking 4 wickets and conceding 18 runs in 4 overs with Isaac Danladi’s off spin producing 2 wickets for 10 runs in 3 overs.

Nigeria eventually restricted Ghana to a total of 107 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs, while the country will face Namibia tomorrow (Thursday).

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