CRICKET: Nigeria Wins Day 1 of Bilateral International Series With Rwanda

In the first match of the bilateral international series on Saturday at the National Stadium Abuja, the Nigeria female national team defeated their opponents, Rwanda by four wickets. 

The four-day tournament which is an International Cricket Council (ICC) ranking event saw Nigeria win the toss and elected to field. 

The fierce battle saw Rwanda scoring 65 runs with all wickets out in 17.3 overs in first innings, while Nigeria with the help of Fate Fyneface who exhibited good batting scored 66 runs n 18.1 overs to the loss of six wickets,  making them the winners. 

In the post-match conference, Joshua Mwanja, Rwanda coach said, “The match was very competitive and our opponent was good.

“The turf wicket was not very favourable because it keeps the ball low; there are patches on the pitch as the ball don’t rise up and it affects the batsmen.

“This is one of our challenges, but it is not an excuse for us. We just have to adapt and since we know this challenge, we can play better,”  

After the victory, Coach of the Nigerian side praised his team for the victory, saying, “It is the first match and both teams were nervous, but the girls did well. Winning the first international game on this new ICC standard pitch.

“We look forward to our remaining games and hoping to own the most wins against our opponent.”

The friendlies which will end on Tuesday will see the team with the most wins placed higher than the other in the ICC rankings, as both teams are left with four matches to play.