Dhoni got unlucky with the toss for the second time in a row, and Sangakkara elected to bat against India at Dambulla, in a match that is crucial to India’s survival in the tournament.
It is not surprising that he decided to bat.
The last three matches India have played on this ground have all been won by the team batting first.
India lost to New Zealand in the opening match on August 10, to New Zealand who won the toss and batted first.
The two previous occasions came in the Asia Cup, in July.
In the group match of the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka batted first and won. In the final, India batted and won.
India’s best hope is to bat first and put up a big score, as chasing under the lights at Dambulla is not easy, as India found out against New Zealand.
Also the initial pitch report by Danny Morrison shows that the pitch has no grass at all, on it.
There’s bit of bad news for India. Yuvraj will not play in this match and nehra is uncertain; Yuvraj has dengue and Nehra is injured.
Yuvraj’s absence makes the selectors’ job easier, as they can allow Kohli to get a match. But if Nehra doesn’t play, that would definitely hurt, as he has been a relatively consistent wicket taker, for India.
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