Ponting elects to bat at SCG

Published: Sunday, February 24, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Sydney: Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to bat against India in the triangular one-day cricket series match here Sunday.

India was looking to book its place in the tri-series finals with a win and made two changes from the side that beat Sri Lanka on Tuesday, with pace bowler Shanth Sreesanth and opener Virender Sehwag recalled at the expense of bowlers Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar.

Australia rested fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, recalling Brett Lee.

After a series disrupted by poor weather, a fine day was forecast.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Mike Hussey, Brad Hogg, James Hopes, Stuart Clark, Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken.

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Shanth Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma.

Umpires: Daryl Harper (AUS), Tony Hill (NZL)

TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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