Uganda Cricket Team’s medium-fast bowler Dinesh Nakrani has equaled the record for the best bowling figures in the T20I format. He now shares the record with Indian pacer, Deepak Chahar, who achieved the feat against Bangladesh.
Nakrani achieved the record during a match between Uganda and Lesotho that was held in Kigali on Tuesday. The match is part of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup Sub Regional Africa Qualifiers. The Gujarat-born pacer did a splendid job, taking 6/7 in his quota of four overs.
It was Lesotho who had won the toss and opted to bat first. The decision came back to haunt them, as Nakrani wreaked havoc and ran through the batting order. None of the batsmen apart from skipper, Samit Patel, managed to get into double digits.
The dream spell from Dinesh Nakrani
Nakrani conceded just seven runs while picking up the wickets of Yahya Jakda, Maaz Khan, Sarfaraj Patel, Omar Hussain, Molai Matsau, and Ayaj Patel. It was quite remarkable, as five of the six wickets he got were either bowled or leg before wicket (LBW).
The Uganda bowlers skittled out Lesotho for 26 before the openers completed the formalities in a mere 22 balls. Nakrani, who represented Saurashtra at the domestic level before moving to Uganda, rightfully earned the Man of the Match award for his unreal performance.
The figures equaled that of Deepak Chahar’s, who had done it against Bangladesh in November 2019. In the process, Chahar had also managed to pick up a hattrick and also had four deliveries left when he managed to wrap up the Bangladeshi’s innings.