By CricketCountry Staff
Hambantota: Jul 21, 2012
India take on hosts Sri Lanka in the first of five One-Day Internationals (ODI) at Hambantota on Saturday.
A rejuvenated India would look for a winning start to the new season but the task would be easier said than done against a strong Sri Lanka as the two sides clash in a five-match ODI series starting on Saturday.
The hosts, by contrast, have been hungry Tigers on prey. They beat Pakistan at home in both ODIs and Tests, outplaying the high-riding opponents with a clinical performance.
Dhoni made no secret of India's ambitions in the next tour to the emerald isle, the World Twenty20. He was happy that most of the players in the touring team would form the nucleus of the side for the world T20.
For Mahela Jayawardene and the Sri Lankans, it would just be the continuation of the good yields in the series against Pakistan.
India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha.
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Mahela Jayawardene(c), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath