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Nortje And Hasaranga Left Behind By Uganda's Nsubuga With His Brilliant Bowling

Franco Nsubuga registered the second most economical spell in T20 World Cup [X]Franco Nsubuga registered the second most economical spell in T20 World Cup [X]

After a humiliating performance in their T20 World Cup 2024 opener, Uganda locked horns against Papua New Guinea (PNG) in Match 9 of the competition.

Opting to bowl, Uganda bowlers made instant in-roads, as the pacers rattled PNG's top order which included Assad Vala and Tony Ura. However, it was Franco Nsubuga, who stole all the limelight with his disciplined bowling, that helped the 43-year-old create a T20 World Cup record.

With figures of 4 for 2 from just four overs, Nsubuga registered the most econimical four-over spell in the history of the competition bettering South Africa's Anrich Nortje' 7 for 4 against Sri Lanka on June 3 in the ongoing tournament. 

Apart from Nsubuga, and Nortje, others in the top five most economical spells in T20 World Cup history, consist of players like Ajantha Mendis, Mahmudullah Riyad, and Wanindu Hasaranga. 

Most Economical Four-Over Spell In T20 World Cups (minimum 24 balls bowled)

Franco Nsubuga4-2-4-2PNG2024
Anrich Nortje4-0-7-4SL2024
Ajantha Mendis4-2-8-6ZIM2012
Mahmudullah Riyad4-1-8-1
Wanindu Hasaranga4-1-8-3UAE2022

Interestingly, Nsubuga is also the second-oldest player to feature in the T20 World, aged 43 years and 282 days, only behind Hong Kong's Ryan Cambell, who made his maiden appearance at 44 years and 34 days. 

About the match, PNG were bundled out for 77, with Hiri Hiri top-scoring with 15, becoming Nsubuga's first wicket in the match. The Nsambia-born second wicket came in the form of Charles Amini, who managed 5 off 14.

Having made his international debut as recently as 2019, Nsubuga has played 54 T20Is for his nation, scoring 158 runs, and claiming 55 wickets.