Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    2.3 Cobb's on his way, and the Tillkaratnes' affinity for the extraordinary is on display again. Faster and shorter from Janoda, it came on faster than Cobb expected and he top-edged the swipe straight down the ground. Sampath ran to his left and had it in his sights, but it popped up out of his hands and looked set to go down. And then he dived to his left and plucked the rebound one-handed. 31/1
    14.1 the race for NRR supremacy costs Razzaq his wicket. He was looking to hit everything there, and tries to slam another ball with the turn over the leg side. It was a yard sale for Razzaq, and everything had to go. But this was far too short. He ended up top-edging it and it went no where. The keeper's gloves come under it, and just as well, since the unprotected hands have been putting a few down. 128/5
    7.3 the one that holds its line does the trick. Well bowled that by Silva, he holds it back and slows it up a touch outside off. McDonald jumped out in search of the loft, but wasn't close enough to the flight to negotiate the other one. It slipped past and the keeper did the rest. 73/2
    9.1 Jefferson misses a sweep and he's on his way. Another topspinner from Silva, it hurries on after landing on off and thuds into the front pad as Jefferson misses. Harsh call, he was struck a few inches outside the line. 81/3
    12.2 Taylor's stay ends, he tries to cut a fastish ball that was whistling past him outside off. The cut glides straight into the keeper's pad. The Leics are going down here, but might still end up winning the game and ending Ruhuna's campaign too. 109/4
    14.4 Nixon's gone. He plays all around an offspinner from Gunaratne that sneaks through and upsets the castle. Off the insider edge as he miscues the sweep. Will we see Nixon on the field again? 130/6
    15.6 they have picked almost none of Silva's doosras. White jumps out of his crease like a headless chicken and heaves without conviction. Outside edge spirals up and lands in point's hands. See you later. 134/7
    18.5 Leics are contriving ways to lose this game. du Toit slogs the offbreak straight down long-on's throat. 11 to win off 7, and Ruhuna are the favourites now. Provided they bowl a spinner next over. Crucially, all their spinners have bowled out. 150/8
    not out
    not out
    6 (lb 3, w 3)
    156/8 (20 Overs, RR: 7.80)
    Did not bat: HF Gurney
    Fall of wickets: 1-31 (JJ Cobb, 2.3 ov), 2-73 (AB McDonald, 7.3 ov), 3-81 (WI Jefferson, 9.1 ov), 4-109 (JWA Taylor, 12.2 ov), 5-128 (Abdul Razzaq, 14.1 ov), 6-130 (PA Nixon, 14.4 ov), 7-134 (WA White, 15.6 ov), 8-150 (J du Toit, 18.5 ov)
    LJP Gunaratne4.002736.7581110
    ST Jayasuriya4.003709.2544100
    JGA Janoda2.0022111.0032110
    GACR Perera2.001507.5032000
    TAM Siriwardana4.002315.7540000
    AAS Silva4.002937.2582110

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