Red hot Kibasu tons up Nairobi Gymkhana!

Fatuma Kibasu is no stranger to hitting tons in the format and as she rightly put it during her Player of the Match presentation, "I am used to it by now, being the third time," she stated, amidst laughter from her teammates, alluding to her previous tons against Mali and Eswatini. 

Kibasu is the new talk about town after flooring thirteen boundaries to register the maiden ton of the ongoing Kenya Women's T20 tournament this afternoon at the Nairobi Gymkhana, helping Tanzania to a 96 - run win over Qatar.

Electing to bat, the skipper finished unbeaten on 101 off 62 balls to propel Tanzania to 2/201 in their allotted overs and their third win of the campaign. Kibasu, who holds the record for the only Associate Female Cricketer to score multiple centuries also managed to score her third ton in the format, three years after her first in Rwanda against Mali.

Tanzania Women celebrate a wicket.

She alluded to being surprised by the score line but quite confident in her team's abilities while at it. "I know what we are capable of and we have managed to correct many of our mistakes but I didn't expect us to get to 200 runs. I'm quite happy about us managing to pick up our third win of the tournament as well." 

Tanzania were off to a rocketing start, courtesy of a 97 - run opening stand halfway through their innings, with Saum Mtae (57) getting to her maiden half ton of the tournament just five days after painfully falling a run short. Hudaa Omary added 20 runs from the 13 balls she faced after getting in in the 14 over, staying unbeaten beside her skipper.

Hilal Agarwal and Aleena Khan were the only upside from Qatar's bowling, picking a wicket-a-piece from the batting onslaught.

In return, Shahreen Bahadur (30) hit 6 impressive boundaries to top score for Qatar, backed by Saachi Dhadwal who managed 20 runs. Aysha (15) and Aleena Khan (12) also managed double figures while Perice Kamunya was the stand out bowler for Tanzania with a mean 2/9 off her entire bowling quota.

Tanzania are third behind Kenya with six points adrift, despite an inferior run rate and will require a win tomorrow afternoon to afford a crack at the finals on Wednesday afternoon.

Tags: Cricket Kenya Kenya Ladies Cricket Qatar Cricket Association Tanzania Cricket Association Kenya Women's T20 Tournament Fatuma Kibasu Saum Mtae Perice Kamunya Shahreen Bahadur Saachi Dhadwal