Ruhunu send Leicestershire packing

  • Debjeet Kundu, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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  • Updated: Sep 22, 2011 07:27 IST

Ruhunu Eleven bowler Alankara celebrates with teammates the wicket of Leicestershire Foxes batsman Jefferson during the Champions League T20 match between Leicestershire Foxes and Ruhunu Eleven at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium at Hyderabad.

If unfamiliar team names and players weren't bad enough in the Champions League T20, identifying one from the other in the qualifiers amidst a host of similar looking jerseys has proved equally difficult. Only a patch of black on their red jerseys separated the Ruhunu Eleven from Trinidad & Tabago on Monday.

On Wednesday, even that was gone when Leicestershire Foxes came out in their black and red outfits. The ability to hold on to their nerves was what eventually separated the two as Ruhuna pulled off a nervy 4-run victory over their English rivals, scoring 160 for six and then restricting Leicestershire to 156 for eight.

The Saviour

Sanath Jayasuriya’s explosive batting once again did not help Ruhunu. Dinesh Chandimal hit a 51-ball 62 to help Lankan team reach a healthy total. Later, All-rounder Abdul Razzaq took two wickets and then hammered a 42-ball 68 as opener.  But he too couldn’t save English side from being eliminated.


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