Get set for an intriguing clash as Rwanda (RWA) squares off against Tanzania (TAN) in Match 17 of the T20 World Cup Africa Region Qualifier 2023 at Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek. Tanzania has maintained the upper hand in head-to-head encounters against Rwanda, holding the advantage as they prepare for this critical encounter. Rwanda, after playing in four matches, faced three defeats and encountered one no-result match. Tanzania, in their five matches so far, faced an unfortunate string of defeats, losing all five encounters.
Rwanda’s recent encounter against Zimbabwe tested their resilience as they faced a substantial 114-run loss. Zimbabwe posted an imposing total of 215 runs for the loss of four wickets in their 20 overs, placing Rwanda under immense pressure during their chase. Despite the efforts of Didier Ndikubwimana and Martin Akayezu, who contributed significantly with the bat, Rwanda’s innings concluded at a mere 71 runs. Emile Rukiriza managed to snag a wicket, but it wasn’t enough to stifle Zimbabwe’s commanding performance.
In contrast, Tanzania’s previous match against Namibia saw them falter in their pursuit of victory. Namibia posted a competitive total of 157 runs for the loss of six wickets, setting a challenging target for Tanzania. Despite the resilient batting of Amal Rajeevan and the combined bowling effort from Yalinde Nkanya and Akhil Anil, Tanzania fell short, managing only 99 runs in their allotted 20 overs.