India elects to bat; Dravid, Mongia, Harbhajan in

Published: Friday, July 12, 2002, 0:58 [IST]
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Bristol: India won the toss and elected to bat in its triangular series day-night One-day International with Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

India, which has already qualified for Saturday's final against England, made changes to the side beaten by Nasser Hussain's men at The Oval on Thursday. Harbhajan Singh replaced leg spinner Anil Kumble (calf injury), while paceman Tinu Yohannan makes his series debut with Ajit Agarkar rested. Rahul Dravid, who missed Tuesday's match because of a hamstring injury, returns as wicket-keeper with Ajay Ratra making way. Dinesh Mongia, dropped for the Oval game, is back in at the first opportunity with Venkat Sai Laxman left out after one appearance. Sri Lanka, which lost the Test series 2-0, has just pride to play for but will want to add to its lone triangular victory over England on Sunday.

The teams: India: Saurav Ganguly (captain), Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Mongia, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (wicket-keeper), Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Tinu Yohannan and Ashish Nehra.

Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya (captain), Marvan Atapattu, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wicket-keeper), Russel Arnold, Avishka Gunawardene, Upul Chandana, Chaminda Vaas, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Zoysa and Buddika Fernando.

Umpires: David Orchard (South Africa), David Shepherd (England).

Third umpire: Jeremy Lloyds (England).

Match referee: Mike Procter (South Africa).

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