India opt to bat first; Irfan out, Sreesanth in

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kinrara Oval: Team India skipper Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to bat first against West Indies in the fifth One-dayer of the tri-nation DLF Cup here today.

The Indians have made one change to the team, which played in the abandoned third ODI against Australia, leaving out Irfan Pathan and including S Sreesanth in the playing XI giving him his first game of the tournament.

Meanwhile, the West Indies have included Runako Morton and Corey Collymore in place of Ian Bradshaw and Jerome Taylor.

The match is a must-win for India, who are yet to register a victory in the event. The Indians lost their rain-affected opening match to West Indies on Duckworth/Lewis system, while weather prevented a loss in the second match against Australia, which had to be abandoned.

Rahul Dravid's men will have to win today's match to keep their hopes of reaching the finals alive.

In contrast, the West Indies have already qualified for the final following two wins and a loss.

The Teams: India: Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, S Sreesanth, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, RP Singh.

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Brian Lara, Dwayne Bravo, Wavell Hinds, Runako Morton, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Carlton Baugh, Corey Collymore

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