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Sri Lanka looks for full game in warm-up against India

Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes adapting to conditions will hold the key

Sri Lanka looks for full game in warm-up against India - Cricket News
Dhoni believes adjusting quickly to the new rules and conditions will be vital.
After being denied valuable match practise due to inclement weather in its first warm-up clash against Pakistan on Thursday, Sri Lanka will be hoping to for a full game when it takes on India in its second and final warm-up fixture in Edgbaston ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

The team, led by Angelo Mathews, has enormous experience in the form of Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, all former captains, and several pace options in deference to the conditions expected in England at that time of the year.

Nine members of the squad are coming into the tournament on the back of the Indian Premier League while the others were involved in an extensive training program that culminated with a domestic one-day series in Pallekele. Among those, who didn't take part in the IPL was Dinesh Chandimal, the vice-captain who led the Rest of Sri Lanka side to victory in the ten-day tournament.

The injury to Chanaka Welagedara, the left-arm seamer, has left a bit of a hole in the bowling reserves, which means Dilhara Lokuhettige, the allrounder, who last played an ODI nearly eight years ago, will have an opportunity to impress ahead of Sri Lanka’s opening fixture against New Zealand on 9 June.

Unlike Sri Lanka, India's players are coming off extensive match practice courtesy the IPL. But given they last played an ODI series in January, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain, believes adjusting quickly to the new rules and the conditions will be a vital step in their preparation towards the team’s tournament opener against South Africa on June 6.

The Indian team management has tried out a number of opening combinations in the recent past, but given they are without Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, the selectors picked two regular openers in Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan.

Dhoni hinted at the possibility of playing five specialist bowlers, which means one of R Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja could miss out.   Among the pace bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav, who haven't played in England before, are likely to be fielded straightaway. Bhuvaneshwar has impressed with his ability to swing the ball both ways, while Umesh, coming off a disappointing IPL season, has pace on his side. The attack will be led by Ishant Sharma with Irfan Pathan and Vinay Kumar also in the mix.

Sri Lanka and India both finished joint-winners in the 2002 edition of the tournament.

Teams (from):  

India: MS Dhoni (Capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Vinay Kumar.  

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (Capt.), Dinesh Chandimal, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne.

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