Sri Lankan T20 Champions Ruhunu Elevens kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive by picking up a narrow 4 run victory against the Leicestershire Foxes in the early kick-off in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Ruhunu were outplayed for large parts of the contest, but played the last 5 overs of each innings exceptionally well to steal the unlikeliest of wins. Both teams' innings were dominated by a particular player - Dinesh Chandimal for Ruhunu and veteran Abdul Razzaq for the Foxes - with little support on offer from the rest of the side. However, some lusty blows late in the Ruhunu innings from Shalika Karunanayake, and some exceptional bowling from Gunaratne and Silva, both of whom picked up 3 wickets each, saw the Lankan side stay alive in the competition at the expense of their English opposition.
Leicestershire, looking to bounce back from the thumping they received at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago yesterday, won the toss and opted to field first despite the trend right through this tournament being quite the opposite. Undoubtedly their decision was influenced by the heavy defeat their suffered and the need to improve their appalling net run rate. They were forced into making one change with skipper Matthew Hoggard dropping out due to injury, handing over the reins to Andrew McDonald. Hoggard's place in the side was taken by spinner Jigar Naik. Ruhunu also made a change to their side with Silva coming into the playing eleven.