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Toss smiles on Dhoni, India opts to bat

Published: Monday, September 14, 2009, 14:05 [IST]
 
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Toss smiles on Dhoni, India opts to bat

Colombo: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka in the finals of Compaq Cup at Colombo on Monday.

Notable change in the India side is replacement of Dinesh Karthik by Virat Kohli. Sri Lanka are playing the same side from Saturday.

Scorecard: India Vs Sri Lanka, Final

Dhoni's men have the opportunity to clinch their first final in a multi-nation event in almost 11 years in the island nation.

India had last won the final of a major one-day event on Lankan soil in 1998 and then shared the rain-marred ICC Champions Trophy with the hosts in 2002.

India lost to Sri Lanka by 139 runs last night in their second match of the tournament, there by ending their brief stay at the number one position in the ICC ODI rankings. It was India's biggest defeat on Sri Lankan soil.

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Chamara Kapugedera, Thilina Kandamby, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thilan Thushara, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga

India (Playing XI): Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni(w/c), Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma

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