Hyderabad: Leicestershire and Ruhunu jostled, pulled, tugged, stepped on each other's toes to try to make it to the train first, but both might have just missed it. Both teams came in looking for their first win, hoping to make it big enough to spoil the party for Kolkata Knight Riders and Somerset, who won their first games and were due to face each other later in the evening. Leicestershire needed to chase down 161 in 13.2 overs to ensure automatic qualification, Ruhunu needed to keep them down to 140. As it turned out, led by Abdul Razzaq, one of the cleanest straight hitters of our time, Leicestershire threatened the improbable automatic qualification, but the Ruhunu spinners kept pulling them back. Razzaq perished in one final push for the run-rate boost, and the spinners then choked the lower order to fashion a dramatic win, allowing only 28 runs in the last six overs.
Leicestershire were knocked out, but Ruhunu now have two points, level with Kolkata and Somerset, their net run-rate of -0.28 sandwiched between Kolkata's 0.1 and Somerset's 0.05. With only two teams out of the four to go through to the qualification round, Leicestershire were expected to stay back and watch in hope that the final qualifier was one-sided enough to push one of the sides' net run-rate down.