Nokia Champions League T20, Qualifying Tournament Pool B: Leicestershire v Ruhuna at Hyderabad (Deccan), Sep 21, 2011
Nokia Champions League T20 - Qualifying Tournament Pool B
Ruhuna won by 4 runs
21 September 2011 - day/night match (20-over match)

The teams walk out on a red carpet, WWE style, with glitzy music blaring on the PA. I am reminded of the days when I used to be a huge fan of Hulk Hogan. All set for the start now, Sanath is out there gardening in his inimitable style, as is the more understated Udawatte. Naik to open the bowling. One slip in place. I am Nitin Sundar bringing you this game.

Kidger again: "Just out of curiousity: who is "Paul Rixon". Is he a mutated former Australian 'keeper?" No, more like the product of sloppy typing!

Vinit: "If Ruhuna wins then the 2nd match will be more interesting ! But if Leicestershire wins then both KKR & Somerset would make it irrespective of win or loss, because Leicestershire has lost the 1st match very badly!" That's right. Unless Leics can absolutely hammer Ruhuna in this game.

Mark Kidger has this for us: "Leicestershire, unfairly, came in for some ridicule after their first match. The bookies though don't seem to believe that they shouldn't be here because they have made Leicestershire warm favourites. It would be no surprise to many fans if Leicestershire pull a rabbit out of the hat yet again."

There was an overdose of euphoria following Leics win in the Friends Life t20, with Paul Nixon's swansong and the other assorted excitement. This qualifying tournament is a bit of a lottery really, as Auckland would testify. Two last-ball losses in two days, and they are out of it. Leics will want a major improvement today. They looked hung-over in yesterday's mismatch.

So here's the deal - the team that loses this game is out of the tournament. The team that wins goes into a NRR battle with the team that loses the next game against KKR and Somerset. The lucky loser in that game will be luckier though - they will know exactly how badly they can afford to lose. Which is very useful info to have, especially in a T20 game.

Abhishek Purohit lets us know from the Uppal Stadium that the Leicestershire side is going through some fancy fielding drills. A sort of diamond formation with players standing at five points with two stumps in between. As long as they aren't playing football, anything goes. Football just results in injuries. Ruhuna are playing some football, Abhishek lets me know. Sanath Jayasuriya was hit in the face by one sharp pass. he backed off with a sheepish smile. Role reversal there - normally when Sanath is involved, the ball is at the receiving end.

Toss: Leics elect to field since they want as much info as possible about the NRR situation. Andrew McDonald is the captain today since Matthew Hoggard is out injured. A spinner, Jigar Naik, comes in, in his place. One change for Ruhuna too. Squad details will be up shortly.

Today's games are going to be played on the pitch we had for the first day of the tournament. There's been a lot of talk about red soil and black soil, but both tracks have played slow on the whole. Ian Chappell observes the main difference from previous days is that it is warmer today. Narrow cracks on the strip, Chappelli doesn't reckon those will really open up. He says it looks a very good cricket wicket, and the ball will come on.

3.20 pm A warm welcome from our coverage for Leics v Ruhuna. It is a must-win for both teams, but while it is a necessary condition, it won't be sufficient to ensure passage into the main draw. We are in for a frenetic couple of games today that will decide the final two spots.

A pointer for Pulp Fiction fans: While in Sri Lanka, try out the Big Ruhuna Burger. (one-liner credit to @AltCricket)


Naik to Jayasuriya, no run, fired in back of a length outside off, Sanath hacks it to cover.


Naik to Jayasuriya, no run, fuller on off stump, Sanath reaches across to defend.


Naik to Jayasuriya, 1 run, this one drifts onto his pads, Sanath is away with a polite nudge to the leg side.


Naik to Udawatte, 1 run, full ball on Udawatte's pads, he works it to wide mid-on for one more.


Naik to Jayasuriya, no run, flat and fast on off stump, Sanath defends to cover.

"We want six! We want six!" The crowd is getting impatient already.


Naik to Jayasuriya, 1 run, on Sanath's pads to end the good first over, he turns it backward of square for one more.

End of over 1 (3 runs) Ruhuna 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • ST Jayasuriya 2 (5b)
    • ML Udawatte 1 (1b)
    • JKH Naik 1-0-3-0

Gurney into the attack for the second over. Left arm over with one slip.


Gurney to Jayasuriya, no run, not much pace on a length ball that doesn't come on. Sanath mistimes the square drive straight to the fielder.


Gurney to Jayasuriya, FOUR, vintage Sanath! Backs away even as Gurney runs in, opens up the off side and smears the full-pitched ball through point. Muscles from Sanath.

Slip disappears.


Gurney to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a length, cuts the width too and Sanath defends from the crease.


Gurney to Jayasuriya, OUT, well bowled Gurney, the MP is on his way. Legspinning slower ball, lands short of a length on off stump and straightens past Sanath's skip down the track and attempt to heace. He was through with the shot a second too early and off stump is disturbed.

ST Jayasuriya b Gurney 6 (13m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

The past gives way to the future. Chandimal has just been named in the SL Test squad. Here he is now, for Ruhuna.


Gurney to Chandimal, 1 wide, welcomes Chandimal with an over-cooked bouncer, too short and down the leg side.


Gurney to Chandimal, no run, angled across Chandimal who opens the face to steer to point.


Gurney to Chandimal, no run, this pitch will turn. Gurney is getting grip and purchase off his slower balls. This one angles across, lands on middle and breaks into Chandimal to catch him completely surprised.

End of over 2 (5 runs) Ruhuna 8/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • LD Chandimal 0 (2b)
    • ML Udawatte 1 (1b)
    • HF Gurney 1-0-5-1
    • JKH Naik 1-0-3-0

Naik to Udawatte, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, Udawatte drives to long-on for one.

Qwiky: "Not sure The Hulkster would have liked the T20 age - wrestling matches would have to get over in three minutes flat, and would have only finishing moves."


Naik to Chandimal, no run, fired in full on middle, Chandimal works it to the leg side.


Naik to Chandimal, no run, holds it back a touch this time, Chandimal nudges with the turn to midwicket.


Naik to Chandimal, no run, three in three. Fired in full, Chandimal works it straight to midwicket.


Naik to Chandimal, no run, Quiet start this. Chandimal digs out a very full ball right back to the bowler


Naik to Chandimal, SIX, what a response. Chandimal hits back with a copybook stroke that has audacity writ all over it. He backs away an inch, gets beside the line and lofts cleanly inside out, all the way over extra cover.

End of over 3 (7 runs) Ruhuna 15/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • LD Chandimal 6 (7b 1x6)
    • ML Udawatte 2 (2b)
    • JKH Naik 2-0-10-0
    • HF Gurney 1-0-5-1

Gurney to Udawatte, 1 wide, Gurney slants this down the leg side , and it is called wide.

Slip is back in place.


Gurney to Udawatte, 1 wide, he's overdoing the angle. Another wide down the leg side, pushed from wide of the crease.


Gurney to Udawatte, OUT, Gurney's slower balls are doing the job at the moment. Another slow legspinner from the left armer, Udawatte tries to work it off the pads, but it straightens to take the leading edge and balloon into the Hyderabad afternoon. The bowler calls for it, and completes a nice catch.

ML Udawatte c & b Gurney 2 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


Gurney to MDKJ Perera, 1 wide, he's dealing in wides and wickets at the moment. Another left-hander, and again down the leg side.

Gurney had got the Trinidad openers too yesterday, as Abhishek reminds me.


Gurney to MDKJ Perera, no run, back of a length outside off, Perera cuts though he has no room and finds point. Good timing on that shot though.


Gurney to MDKJ Perera, 2 runs, another slower ball, it arrives tomorrow as Perera waits and glances to fine-leg.


Gurney to MDKJ Perera, 1 wide, Gurney's left the radar back in the hotel room. Another wide.

All his conventional balls are wides. All his slower balls are getting him wickets. The future of cricket is here.


Gurney to MDKJ Perera, no run, again, gets the slow legspinner on the spot, and Perera defends cautiously


Gurney to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, can't get much muscle into the cut and the fielder at cover jumps away to keep them down to a single.

Sabin says, "Udawatte looks like poor man's Sangakarra with his aerodynamic helmet." That helmet is avian. It reminds me of ducks.


Gurney to Chandimal, no run, cramps him with a back of length delivery outside off, and Chandimal cuts it straight to cover.

End of over 4 (7 runs) Ruhuna 22/2 (RR: 5.50)

    • LD Chandimal 6 (8b 1x6)
    • MDKJ Perera 3 (4b)
    • HF Gurney 2-0-12-2
    • JKH Naik 2-0-10-0

Naik to MDKJ Perera, SIX, Perera goes downtown, skips out to a flighted ball - don't expect too many more of those - and launches it over long-off with the turn.


Naik to MDKJ Perera, no run, Jigar flattens it, and it is defended from the crease back down the track.


Naik to MDKJ Perera, no run, fired in outside off, Perera plays it to point.


Naik to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, again, a dart on leg stump, Perera squeezes it to midwicket for a single.


Naik to Chandimal, 1 run, Nixon doesn't get it. Chandimal advances and gets too close to a very full ball, that dribbles away off the pad between leg stump and the veteran keeper, who just looks on befuddled. Stumping chance goes abegging.


Naik to MDKJ Perera, FOUR, short and fast, Perera waits for it to pass him and opens the face to dab it past short third man for another boundary.

End of over 5 (12 runs) Ruhuna 34/2 (RR: 6.80)

    • MDKJ Perera 14 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • LD Chandimal 7 (9b 1x6)
    • JKH Naik 3-0-22-0
    • HF Gurney 2-0-12-2

Razzaq comes on now.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, back of a length at a friendly pace, Chandimal looks to loft it straight on the up and misses it completely.

"Looks weird when the third best team is determined based on the NRR and they didn't play same teams. Can someone explain the logic?" Rama, hasn't that happened before in cricket? It does seem a little arbitrary, but there aren't too many easy ways to go from six teams to three in 3 days.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, short of a length and angling in, Chandimal defends from the crease.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, 2 runs, He charges down the track, and still pulls despite all the momentum going forward, and the ball understandably goes into the covers, in the air, and somehow finds the gap between mid-off and cover.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, FOUR, better. At least he has pulled this to the leg side. Slow, nothing ball from Razzaq, sits up on a length and allows Chandimal to lash it over midwicket.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, he jumps out again, gets good hold of the off drive, but mid-off is in the way.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, Chandimal backs away, Razzaq follows him with an offcutter. Chandimal still cuts with some power, but finds the cover fielder.

End of over 6 (6 runs) Ruhuna 40/2 (RR: 6.66)

    • LD Chandimal 13 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • MDKJ Perera 14 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • Abdul Razzaq 1-0-6-0
    • JKH Naik 3-0-22-0

Hendersen into the attack.


Henderson to MDKJ Perera, no run, and turn immediately. It straightens from outside off, Perera plays inside the line and misses.


Henderson to MDKJ Perera, no run, this one keeps low outside off as Perera backs away and misses the cut.


Henderson to MDKJ Perera, FOUR, short again, and keeps low once again. Perera crouches low and ensures he still times the pull well.


Henderson to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, skips out to a dart on the pads and works it through midwicket for one.


Henderson to Chandimal, 1 run, slow and loopy on the pads, Chandimal eases it off the pads to the leg side for a single.


Henderson to MDKJ Perera, no run, full ball on middle and leg, Perera works it straight to midwicket.

End of over 7 (6 runs) Ruhuna 46/2 (RR: 6.57)

    • MDKJ Perera 19 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • LD Chandimal 14 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • CW Henderson 1-0-6-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 1-0-6-0

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, Razzaq keeps it full and generates a bit of pace. Chandimal on-drives to wide mid-on.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, 1 leg bye, slow offcutter, Chandimal misses the heave to the leg side and the ball runs off his body to the off side.


Abdul Razzaq to MDKJ Perera, OUT, top-edged and gone. Perera looks to pull a short ball from Razzaq, but he seemed a touch late on the shot, and had no room to really free the arms. Top-edge loops up to fine-leg who runs in and completes the catch.

MDKJ Perera c Naik b Abdul Razzaq 19 (17m 15b 2x4 1x6) SR: 126.66


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, length ball on middle and leg, driven straight to mid-on.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, back of a length outside off, Chandimal doesn't like this lack of pace. Mistimes the cut and it goes no where.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, 1 wide, slow legcutter slips too far down the leg side and is called a wide.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, 1 run, another slow ball, eventually arrives on Chandimal's pads and he glances it fine for one.

Balaraj: "That was Razzaq's 99th T20 wicket! All the best for the 100th!"

End of over 8 (3 runs) Ruhuna 49/3 (RR: 6.12)

    • LD Chandimal 15 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • LJP Gunaratne 0 (0b)
    • Abdul Razzaq 2-0-8-1
    • CW Henderson 1-0-6-0

Gunaratne is the new man in.


Henderson to Chandimal, 1 run, cramps him for room with the angle, it is forced to the off side without timing.


Henderson to Gunaratne, 1 run, gets the single this time, tapped to midwicket for one.


Henderson to Chandimal, no run, Chandimal closes the face early and misses the flick. Struck on the pad.


Henderson to Chandimal, SIX, launched straight, Chandimal looks regal as he jumps out to the flight of the ball and sends it packing over the bowler's head.


Henderson to Chandimal, 1 run, flatter length, pushed to midwicket for one.


Henderson to Gunaratne, no run, Gunaratne tries to dink a single to leg, but it doesn't go far enough.

End of over 9 (9 runs) Ruhuna 58/3 (RR: 6.44)

    • LJP Gunaratne 1 (2b)
    • LD Chandimal 23 (25b 1x4 2x6)
    • CW Henderson 2-0-15-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 2-0-8-1

Razzaq continues.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, FOUR, poor ball, short and angled down the leg side, Chandimal tucks in with a well-controlled pull through backward square leg.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, FOUR, Razzaq gets marks for consistency, again on the pads. Easy working of the wrists from Chandimal gets him four more through fine leg.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, 1 run, what's with these seamers inevitably getting their slower balls on the spot, but messing up the normal ones? Another slower one, lands on middle and off, and Chandimal defends.


Abdul Razzaq to Gunaratne, OUT, 100 T20 wickets for the Razzler. Gunaratne is gone, flapping listlessly from his crease without moving towards the line. Outside edge nestles in Nixon's gloves.

LJP Gunaratne c †Nixon b Abdul Razzaq 1 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33


Abdul Razzaq to Siriwardana, no run, short of a length on middle and off, defended from the crease.


Abdul Razzaq to Siriwardana, 1 run, slower ball outside off, Milinda (is how I shall refer to him, for want of time to type out Siriwardana), steers through backward point for one.

End of over 10 (10 runs) Ruhuna 68/4 (RR: 6.80)

    • TAM Siriwardana 1 (2b)
    • LD Chandimal 32 (28b 3x4 2x6)
    • Abdul Razzaq 3-0-18-2
    • CW Henderson 2-0-15-0

Wayne White into the attack now.


White to Siriwardana, 1 wide, down the leg side to start with. I bet the next ball will be a back of the hand delivery that lands on middle and off.


White to Siriwardana, no run, it wasn't back of the hand, but was the offcutter and it raps Milinda on the pads as he misses the flick. Pitched outside leg.


White to Siriwardana, 1 run, low full toss on off stump, driven through mid-on for a single.

"Razzaq has exactly 100 T20 wickets and 100 test wickets. This has got to be a first." Well spotted, Tim.


White to Chandimal, no run, full ball outside off, Chandimal drives without timing to point.


White to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal looks like the real deal. Lovely off-drive to long-off for a single.


White to Siriwardana, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Milinda insider edges onto the pad and it runs to the off side.


White to Chandimal, no run, over-pitched outside off to end the over, Chandimal finds cover as he drives.

Kapil: "Important for Chandimal to stay till 17th over and steer the ship.. Even 140 would be good on this track.. Hope he doesn't throw it away."

End of over 11 (4 runs) Ruhuna 72/4 (RR: 6.54)

    • LD Chandimal 33 (31b 3x4 2x6)
    • TAM Siriwardana 3 (5b)
    • WA White 1-0-4-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 3-0-18-2

The captain comes on. McDonald for some trundlers. An Aussie leading a county. 2012 is upon us.


McDonald to Siriwardana, 1 run, back of a length outside off, guided to cover from the crease.


McDonald to Chandimal, 5 wides, McDonald also has wide mode turned on. Angled in sharply, with the keeper standing up to the stumps. No good.


McDonald to Chandimal, 1 run, short of a length outside off, dinked to wide mid-on for a single.


McDonald to Siriwardana, 1 run, offcutter on the pads, softly nudged through square leg, but they can't come back for two.


McDonald to Chandimal, 1 run, another single as Chandimal forces off the back foot through wide mid-on.


McDonald to Siriwardana, no run, Milinda throws the bat at a ball angling across, and misses.,


McDonald to Siriwardana, no run, he tries to be cute this time, attempts to run it off the face but no luck as the ball skids past.

End of over 12 (9 runs) Ruhuna 81/4 (RR: 6.75)

    • TAM Siriwardana 5 (9b)
    • LD Chandimal 35 (33b 3x4 2x6)
    • AB McDonald 1-0-9-0
    • WA White 1-0-4-0

White to Chandimal, 1 run, good length ball outside off, Chandimal guides it straight to point, but they get one.


White to Siriwardana, 1 run, Milinda looks to lash a full ball through covers without moving across, and inside edges onto his boot.


White to Chandimal, 1 run, angled in from wide of the crease, worked through midwicket for one.


White to Siriwardana, FOUR, Milinda shows some pleasing touch. Boundary after a while as he angles the face and lets the ball skid off the meat backward of point. It seemed to gather pace as it went.


White to Siriwardana, 1 run, White cuts the width this time, Milinda works this to the leg side.


White to Chandimal, 1 run, offcutter on off stump, Chandimal works it wide of mid-on for a single.

End of over 13 (9 runs) Ruhuna 90/4 (RR: 6.92)

    • LD Chandimal 38 (36b 3x4 2x6)
    • TAM Siriwardana 11 (12b 1x4)
    • WA White 2-0-13-0
    • AB McDonald 1-0-9-0

Henderson is back on.


Henderson to Chandimal, 1 run, looped up on the toes, Chandimal dinks it softly to midwicket, but can't come back for the second.


Henderson to Siriwardana, 1 run, did well not to time that pull shot too well. On the bounce to deep square leg.


Henderson to Chandimal, 1 run, he charges out and gets too close the ball, it is squeezed to long-on for one.


Henderson to Siriwardana, no run, short and straight, Milinda hangs back and forces it through mid-on.

Slight drizzle coming down. There are a few dark clouds looming about.


Henderson to Siriwardana, 1 run, another short ball, Milinda makes good connection but there's protection at deep midwicket who stops it yards in front of the boundary.


Henderson to Chandimal, 1 run, hacks the last ball in front of square for one more.

"Hang on Didn't Shane Warne captain Hampshire?" Yes Katta, he did, and that was the first sign that things were amiss. Cameron White, David Hussey, Langer and co have also led counties, so it is not that big a deal, I guess.

End of over 14 (5 runs) Ruhuna 95/4 (RR: 6.78)

    • LD Chandimal 41 (39b 3x4 2x6)
    • TAM Siriwardana 13 (15b 1x4)
    • CW Henderson 3-0-20-0
    • WA White 2-0-13-0

Gurney is back on.


Gurney to Chandimal, 1 run, short ball angling into the pads, worked square for one.

There's sun, and there's a spitting drizzle. Not too heavy.


Gurney to Siriwardana, 2 runs, Milinda chips a length ball with the bottom hand over wide mid-on for a couple.


Gurney to Siriwardana, no run, width outside off now, Milinda looks to cut and misses.


Gurney to Siriwardana, 3 wides, slower ball goes down the leg side, Nixon can't collect it. Mentally, I reckon he's already hung his boots.


Gurney to Siriwardana, 1 leg bye, good yorker, Milinda can't do anything with it, but it dribbles to the off side for a single.

5.03pm The drizzle gets a little too heavy to continue, and the umpires call the covers on ... And then it eases off, so they are recalling the players onto the field. Sheepish looks all around, but it is not their fault. All set for resumption after a two minute break. It is still drizzling.


Gurney to Chandimal, 1 run, full ball angled across Chandimal who drives through mid-off for a single.


Gurney to Siriwardana, 1 run, Milinda flicks off the toes, but the man at square leg dives to his right to stop it well.

Shooz: "Hang on - if South Africans can captain the England side, why can't Australians captain the county sides?" Sigh, we somehow always end up here.

End of over 15 (9 runs) Ruhuna 104/4 (RR: 6.93)

    • TAM Siriwardana 16 (19b 1x4)
    • LD Chandimal 43 (41b 3x4 2x6)
    • HF Gurney 3-0-20-2
    • CW Henderson 3-0-20-0

Henderson to Siriwardana, 1 wide, Henderson goes down the leg side past Milinda's pull and it is wided.


Henderson to Siriwardana, 1 run, forced from the crease through wide mid-on for another single.


Henderson to Chandimal, FOUR, gentle full toss to Chandimal who drags it high and just wide of long-on for four. Rubbish bowling.


Henderson to Chandimal, 1 run, looks to cut a short ball, and edges it but Nixon can't collect it. Playing one tournament too many?


Henderson to Siriwardana, OUT, Milinda is gone, he doesn't get to the pitch as he tries lofting Henderson over long-on, and the leading edge goes high rather than far. Mid-off runs back and collects it.

TAM Siriwardana c White b Henderson 17 (28m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.95


Henderson to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal pushes into the covers for a single.


Henderson to Karunanayake, 1 run, Shalika is away with a single to midwicket.

End of over 16 (9 runs) Ruhuna 113/5 (RR: 7.06)

    • KPSP Karunanayake 1 (1b)
    • LD Chandimal 49 (44b 4x4 2x6)
    • CW Henderson 4-0-29-1
    • HF Gurney 3-0-20-2

White to Karunanayake, no run, White keeps it full, Shalika can't get it past cover.


White to Karunanayake, no run, Shalika backs away and tries to steer, but White keeps it full outside off and gets past the bat.


White to Karunanayake, 1 run, he gets the single this time, tapped into the covers and away they go.


White to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal has successive 50s, and is looking good for more today. Full ball on the toes, whipped fluently through midwicket for a single.


White to Karunanayake, FOUR, yorker gone wrong, Shalika backs away and carves the resultant full toss greedily through backward point. Well played.


White to Karunanayake, 1 run, gets the yorker in this time, and Shalika digs it out to the leg side for one.

End of over 17 (7 runs) Ruhuna 120/5 (RR: 7.05)

    • KPSP Karunanayake 7 (6b 1x4)
    • LD Chandimal 50 (45b 4x4 2x6)
    • WA White 3-0-20-0
    • CW Henderson 4-0-29-1

Razzaq is back on.


Abdul Razzaq to Karunanayake, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, it is turned softly to the leg side and they get a single.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, 1 run, low full toss on middle and leg, lofted on the bounce to the man at long on for a single.


Abdul Razzaq to Karunanayake, SIX, Shalika gets another one away. Razzaq drops the back of the hand slower ball too short, and it is clattered over deep square leg.


Abdul Razzaq to Karunanayake, 2 runs, slower ball again, Shalika can't time the cover drive well, and just as well. They run back for the second.


Abdul Razzaq to Karunanayake, 1 run, quicker ball on a length outside off, Shalika forehands it through mid-on for a single.


Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, 1 run, yorker outside off, Chandimal hangs back in the crease and hauls it down to long-on for one.

"Ruhunu and Leics qualified after frantic ties and eliminator in their own country, can they provide one such again?" A frantic tie won't help their NRRs much, so that might not be enough Abdul.

End of over 18 (12 runs) Ruhuna 132/5 (RR: 7.33)

    • LD Chandimal 52 (47b 4x4 2x6)
    • KPSP Karunanayake 17 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • Abdul Razzaq 4-0-30-2
    • WA White 3-0-20-0

White to Chandimal, FOUR, edged for four. Chandimal heaves blindly at a length ball that was angling in, and the outside edge flies past Nixon's right. He caught a similar edge in the Friends Life t20 final, but that was a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing.


White to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal stays back again, and mistimes a push to mid-off. Good enough for a single.


White to Karunanayake, FOUR, Shalika has a strong bottom hand. He stays in the crease, and White's yorker misses its mark. The full toss is smacked back down the ground for four


White to Karunanayake, no run, misses the yorker again, and catches everyone by surprise with a high full toss that lands well behind the stumps.


White to Karunanayake, 1 run, mishits the cramped slog to the leg side, but it lands safe and they get a single.


White to Chandimal, FOUR, well played Dinesh. Ruhuna are moving into pole position here. He backs away and muscles a length ball through the leg side, and does enough to find the gap between long-on and deep midwicket.

End of over 19 (14 runs) Ruhuna 146/5 (RR: 7.68)

    • LD Chandimal 61 (50b 6x4 2x6)
    • KPSP Karunanayake 22 (13b 2x4 1x6)
    • WA White 4-0-34-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 4-0-30-2

Gurney to end the innings.


Gurney to Karunanayake, SIX, Shalika is getting stuck into these lengths, and Leics are helping him. Another ball landed amiably in the slot, he tonks it over midwicket for a six. Just over the ropes, but that's enough.


Gurney to Karunanayake, OUT, Shalika's enterprising effort comes to an end. Full ball outside off, he times the square drive well, but point tumbles forward to scoop it.

KPSP Karunanayake c Abdul Razzaq b Gurney 28 (16m 15b 2x4 2x6) SR: 186.66

Qwiky again: "Somehow, the 19th over in all the qualifying matches has been a run glut!"

The other Tillakaratne is the new man in.


Gurney to Sampath, SIX, Sampath does a Dilshan first ball. Like brother, like brother. Plonks the front foot across and lap-scoops a full length ball over deep backward square leg. How do they time this shot so well?


Gurney to Sampath, 1 bye, tries it again, but the ball is well outside off this time and he can't get bat on it. They steal a bye though.


Gurney to Chandimal, 1 run, yorker to Chandimal who manages a single through long-on. He will remain unbeaten.


Gurney to Sampath, no run, Sampath swats a length ball right back to the bowler to set up an anti-climactic end to the innings, but Ruhuna will be happy with this score.

"Leic must send Razzaq up the order at No 3 if they want any hope of qualifying. Razzaq must be allowed time to build an agressive innings rather slog from the off and getting out quickly." says Kam. They are up against it here - they might have to chase this in the region of 13-15 overs to stay in the hunt. And even that may not suffice.

End of over 20 (14 runs) Ruhuna 160/6

    • TN Sampath 6 (3b 1x6)
    • LD Chandimal 62 (51b 6x4 2x6)
    • HF Gurney 4-0-33-3
    • WA White 4-0-34-0





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