Sri Lanka elect to bat in fifth ODI against India

August 29th, 2008 - 4:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Aug 29 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bat in the fifth and final One-Day International against India at the R. Premadasa Stadium here Friday. The match is a dead rubber with the series already decided in India’s favour 3-1.

Sri Lanka made three changes to the side that lost the fourth ODI by 46 runs. Middle order batsman Tillekeratne Dilshan was dropped while Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas were rested for the game.

The hosts strengthened their batting line up by bringing in Jehan Mubarak and Mahela Udawatte. Dilhara Fernando replaced Chaminda Vaas.

The Indians, meanwhile, rested Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh and Subramaniam Badrinath and brought in left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, left arm seamer Irfan Pathan and R.P. Singh.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Malinda Warnapura, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara (wicketkeeper), Chamara Kapugedara, Jehan Mubarak, Mahela Udawatte, Ajantha Mendis, Thilina Tushara Mirando, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Fernando

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, R.P. Singh, Pragyan Ojha.

Umpires: Billy Doctrove (WI) and T.H. Wijewardene (SL)
Third Umpire: Gamini Silva (SL)
Match Referee: Chris Broad (Eng)

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