Thursday, August 7, 2008

Parthiv in as India choose to bat

Toss India chose to bat v Sri Lanka

The toss in the series so far has been crucial: neither team wants to bat last, neither wants the other to get the advantage of runs on the board first. So far, the teams winning the toss have won the matches, after having chosen to bat first. Keeping with the trend, India won the toss in the third Test and chose to bat on a pitch that should be at its best for batting on the first two days. The pitch was expected to offer slow turn from the third day on.

Both teams went in with a change each: India dropped Dinesh Karthik, who had looked sloppy behind the wickets and edgy in front ­ with the exception of his last innings, which at 20 runs was too little too late.

Sri Lanka went in for the extra pace of Dammika Prasad, who will make his debut and replace Nuwan Kulasekara who has taken one wicket in the last two Tests.

India: 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Sourav Ganguly, 6 VVS Laxman, 7 Parthiv Patel (wk), 8 Anil Kumble (capt), 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ishant Sharma.

Sri Lanka: 1 Michael Vandort, 2 Malinda Warnapura, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5 Thilan Samaraweera, 6 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 7 Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), 8 Chaminda Vaas, 9 Muttiah Muralitharan, 10 Ajantha Mendis, 11 Dammika Prasad.