Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field first against India in the league match of the Asia Cup 2014 at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said, “The wicket looks pretty slow today so we want to bowl first. We have three spinners today – Ajantha Mendis comes in for Lakmal.
“We are comfortable with an extra spinner and the dew factor will come in later on so we thought of bowling first.”
India captain Virat Kohli said, “We would have liked to bowl first too, but we have a strong batting line-up to chase.
“We have brought in Stuart Binny for Varun Aaron. We saw yesterday how the Afghanistan medium-fast bowlers were bowling well and stump to stump so we thought of bringing in a medium-pacer.”
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Stuart Binny.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Kushal Janith Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews(c), Thisara Perera, Chaturanga de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis.