India elect to bat in third Test against Sri Lanka

August 8th, 2008 - 11:48 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Harbhajan Singh

Colombo, Aug 8 (IANS) India’s captain Anil Kumble won the toss and elected to bat in the deciding third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka at the P. Saravanamuttu Stadium here Friday. As expected, both teams made one change each. Out-of-form wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik made way for Parthiv Patel in the Indian XI.

For Sri Lanka, fast bowler Dhammika Prasad is making his debut in place of Nuwan Kulasekara.

Sri Lanka won the first Test at Colombo’s SSC ground by an innings and 239 runs while India bounced back by winning the second Test in Galle by 170 runs.

Teams:
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Malinda Warnapura, Michael Van Dort, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardene (wicketkeeper), Chaminda Vaas, Dhammika Prasad, Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan.

India: Anil Kumble (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman, Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma.

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

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