Since this is a warm-up match, all 15 players from the squad can be used by the captains © AFP
Birmingham: Jun 1, 2013
Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to field in the first warm-up match against Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 at Birmingham on Saturday.
Indian cricketers face the daunting twin tasks of leaving behind the IPL spot-fixing scam and adapting to the tough conditions as they begin their preparations for the ICC Champions Trophy with a warm-up game against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Some on-field action will help divert the attention from the scandal, which has tarnished the reputation of Indian cricket.
The conditions favour India’s fast bowlers but they need to sort out their line and length. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already said that they will follow a five-bowler strategy.
Each team will have 11 players on the field. However, the captains have an option to use additional players from the 15-member squad.
(With inputs from PTI)
India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, R Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav
Sri Lanka: Tillakaratane Dilshan , Angelo Mathews (c), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Lasith Malinga.
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