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T20 challenge for Test kings

Published: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 13:04 [IST]
 
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India wins toss and elect to field

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field against Sri Lanka in the first T20 match at Nagpur on Wednesday.

India have rested Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh from the Twenty20 internationals. Tyagi, Sreesanth and Ashwin are also not playing today.

Whereas, Sri Lanka will be boosted by the return of specialists Sanath Jayasuriya and Lasith Malinga.


India squad

MS Dhoni(Cap), R Ashwin, AB Dinda, G Gambhir, KD Karthik, A Nehra, PP Ojha, YK Pathan, SK Raina, V Sehwag, I Sharma, RG Sharma, S Sreesanth, S Tyagi, Yuvraj Singh

Sri Lanka squad

KC Sangakkara(Cap), TM Dilshan, CRD Fernando, CU Jayasinghe, ST Jayasuriya, DPMD Jayawardene, CK Kapugedera, KMDN Kulasekara, SL Malinga, AD Mathews, BAW Mendis, M Muralitharan, M Pushpakumara, K Weeraratne, UWMBCA Welegedara

T20 challenge for Test kings

Kanpur: After climbing to the top of the test world, India would look to assert their supremacy in the shortest format as well, when they clash against Sri Lanka in the first Twenty20 International here on Wednesday.

The victory in Test series gives India a a psychological edge over the visitors, who are still not recoverd after their humilating loss in two consecutive Test matches.

India Sri Lanka Series Fixture

Indians have made some changes ahead of T20 matches, resting pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and calling up youngsters Ashok Dinda and R Ashwin.

Hard hitters like Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan and Rohit Sharma would also join the team ahead of the T20 series.

Fast bowler Sreesanth is likely to miss Wednesday's T20 match against Sri Lanka owing to an upset stomach.

Starting with Virender Sehwag, India have such an array of stroke-players who can simply destroy the bowlers around and cart them for sixes and fours with ease and the batting gives the hosts a clear edge.

Gambhir would be eager to get back into the groove at the new VCA Stadium in Jamtha after skipping the Mumbai Test to attend his sister's wedding in Delhi.

After being in the Test mode for most part of the month, Dhoni and company are eager to switch gears.

The Lanka bowlers would need to come out with something innovative to restrict the hosts' batting line-up and put a stop to their losing streak on the tour.

The tourists have brought in right-arm sling-action bowler Lasith Malinga, who missed the Test series because of an injury, to strengthen their pace bowling attack which was exposed thoroughly in the Test series.

The visitors have also brought in all-rounders Chintaka Jayasinghe, Kaushalya Weeraratne and Muthumudalige Pushpa-kumara to play only the two T20s. The islanders would also be hoping that their flamboyant, veteran opener Sanath Jayasuriya — who has joined the squad for the second part of the tour — and in-form opener Tillakaratne Dilshan would be their answer to the Sehwag and Gambhir combination at the top. Skipper Kumar Sangakkara had said earlier that Jayasuriya would bat down the order if the situation demanded despite the fact that he has been a very successful opener against all opposition, including India.

"He has been very successful against India as opener and against all opposition too. But right now he has a different role to play for us in the side, which will make him currently a performing and match-winning player. Whether he will bat at top or down in the middle, all these options can be considered," he said.

With India resting Zaheer, another left-armer in Ashish Nehra would lead their attack with S Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma likely to partner him while the spin options are Yusuf Pathan, Pragyan Ojha and the uncapped Ashwin.

Teams

India: MS Dhoni (C), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Yusuf Pathan, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra, S Sreesanth, Ashok Dinda, Sudeep Tyagi, Pragyan Ojha.

Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (C), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Muthiah Muralitharan, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara, Dilhara Fernando, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Chanaka Welegedara.

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