Sri Lanka elect to bat against India in the first cricket Test

July 23rd, 2008 - 5:23 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Harbhajan Singh

Colombo, July 23 (IANS) Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bat in their first cricket Test against India at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds here Wednesday. The first two sessions of the Test match were washed out due to rain and wet ground conditions.

Spinner Ajantha Mendis is making his debut as Sri Lanka opted to play just two seamers. Nuwan Kulasekara will share the new ball with Chaminda Vaas. India have fielded two seamers — Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma.

The first day’s play has been reduced to 42 overs.

India: Anil Kumble (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Malinda Warnapura, Michael Van Dort, Kumar Sangakkara (wicket-keeper), Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Umpires: Billy Doctrove (West Indies) and Mark Benson (England)
Third Umpire: Asoka de Silva (Sri Lanka)
TV Referral Umpire: Rudi Koertzen (South Africa)

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