India win toss, batting in Mohali test (Lead)

October 17th, 2008 - 11:30 am ICT by IANS  

Harbhajan SinghMohali (Punjab), Oct 17 (IANS) Mahendra Singh Dhoni, leading India in the absence of injured Anil Kumble, won the toss and decided to bat in the second cricket test against Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here Friday. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra has come in for Kumble, the only change from the side that played in the drawn first test in Bangalore. Kumble failed to recover from a shoulder stress and Mishra is making his debut.

Australia also made one change, again forced by injury, bringing in Peter Siddle for medium pacer Stuart Clark who is out with an elbow injury.

The teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Matthew Hayden, Simon Katich, Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Cameroon White, Brad Haddin, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson.

Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (South Africa) and Asad Rauf (Pakistan).

Match Referee: Chris Broad (England)

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