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Tarouba, June 15: New Zealand put up a clinical performance to notch a comprehensive but a consolatory nine-wicket win over minnows Uganda in the T20 World Cup here.
Left-arm pacer Trent Boult (2/7) and fellow veteran quick Tim Southee (3/4) wrecked havoc as Uganda folded up for a mere 40 in 18.4 overs, missing the lowest total in the T20 World Cup by just a run.
Uganda had been bowled out for the joint-lowest team total of 39 against West Indies last week. The gulf between them and top nations has been pretty evident in the tournament.
Opener Devon Conway (22 not out off 15, 4x4s) then fuelled New Zealand’s first win of the tournament with the Kiwis knocking off the target in 5.2 overs.
Having lost their opening two games to Afghanistan and hosts West Indies, New Zealand finished outside of the semifinals for the first time in 10 years.“It was obviously a pretty clinical performance, nice to get a win. Extremely disappointed to play ourselves out of the tournament,” player of the match Southee said.“You look at the side, plenty of experience and we were not at our best in the first two games. We have a proud record in World Cups in the last 10 years and it has now come to an end,” he added.
The Kiwis flexed their muscle against debutants Uganda, whose batters continued to struggle in the tournament.The African side has not gone beyond the 80-run mark in the tournament and conclude with three losses and a win.“It has been a wonderful experience for us. Obviously, being here first time at this level, just the exposure to the quality players… it has done wonders for the game back home. The whole country has been following our progress, staying up late to watch games. Hopefully, it is a platform we can build on,” Uganda skipper Brian Masaba said.
“I have tried to interact as much as I can with the top players, trying to pick their brain. Asking questions like what they did to get better. We are looking forward to what happens next for us, and hopefully this can help get it done,” he added.
With the ball swinging prodigiously in the powerplay, New Zealand made the most of it, giving away just 9/3.Boult set the tone of the match with twin strikes in the first over.
He swung the ball away from a clueless Simon Ssesazi to trap him leg before wicket on the third ball of the innings.
Boult then knocked over Robinson Obuya’s stumps on the very next delivery. The 34-year-old, however, was denied a hattrick by Alpesh Ramjani, who negotiated an out-swinging yorker.
Southee claimed Uganda’s third wicket fell in the fourth over, as he trapped Ramjani in front of the wickets. (PTI)


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