India bat first against Pakistan

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Abu Dhabi:Indian captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the first of two day-night matches at the Zayad Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Proceeds from Tuesday's match will be donated to the survivors of the massive earthquake that hit Kashmir last October killing more than 73,000 people in Pakistan and 1,300 in India.

Revenues from the second game on Wednesday will be shared by the Indian and Pakistan cricket boards after a million dollars is given to the hosts.

India are buoyant after completing a 5-1 rout of England at home on Saturday, giving Dravid's side a 17-5 record in one-day cricket since November.

Pakistan have won four of their last five one-day series under Inzamam-ul Haq, but lost to India 1-4 at home in February.

India: Rahul Dravid (capt), Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ramesh Powar, Ajit Agarkar, Venugopal Rao, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh.

Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Asif, Rao Iftikhar, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.

Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (RSA) and Brian Jerling (RSA)

TV umpire: Tyron Wijewardena (SRI)

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)

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