Hussain elects to bat, India opts for two spinners

Published: Saturday, July 13, 2002, 20:59 [IST]
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London: England won the toss and elected to bat against India in its triangular series One-day final at Lord's on Saturday.

 Both teams recalled spinners. England brought back left-armer Ashley Giles in place of paceman Matthew Hoggard. India meanwhile recalled leg spinner Anil Kumble, fit again after a calf injury and opted to play him alongside off spinner Harbhajan Singh. Fast bowler Tinu Yohannan, who made his series debut in India's 63-run win over Sri Lanka at Bristol on Thursday, was dropped.

India chose not to recall third seamer Ajit Agarkar who was rested from that match. Sachin Tendulkar, who did not field at Britsol, was declared fit after sustaining a minor hamstring injury. Both sides have beaten each other once in the tournament so far, England winning by 64 runs at The Oval on Tuesday and India victorious at Lord's on June 29 by six wickets. Their other match was a washed-out no result.

The teams: England: Nasser Hussain (captain), Marcus Trescothick, Nick Knight, , Michael Vaughan, Andrew Flintoff, Ronnie Irani, Paul Collingwood, Alec Stewart (wicket-keeper), Ashley Giles, Alex Tudor and Darren Gough.

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

Umpires: Steve Bucknor (West Indies), David Shepherd (England).

Third umpire: Peter Willey (England).

Match referee: Mike Procter (RSA).

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