India won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka in the fifth ODI of the Micromax Cup 2012 between India and Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
India are without Virender Sehwag, who has been ruled out with a glute problem, and in his place Ajinkya Rahane is up for his first ODI since December 2011.
Sri Lanka have rested their skipper Mahela Jayawardene. Angelo Mathews is leading Sri Lanka today and Chamara Kapugedera is Jayawardene’s replacement.
Rangana Herath makes way for the tall offspinner Sachitra Senanayake.
India captain, MS Dhoni, said “Looks like a good wicket and the ball will swing in the second half, so the fast bowlers will come into play.
“Sehwag is not fit, he has a problem with his glute. Rahane is in and will open. The rest of the side is same.”
Sri Lanka captain, Angelo Mathews, said “It’s going to be a new experience, and a new challenge.
“I have my own definite ideas, and I’ll get a bit of help from Mahela. Jayawardene and Herath are rested, Kapugedera is in.”
India (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ashok Dinda.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal(w), Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga.