Sri Lanka Begin ODI Campaign

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Former captain Tillakaratne Dilshan is a key player for Sri Lanka. Source: REUTERS/cricketworld.com
Sri Lanka begins their Commonwealth Bank Series campaign when they take on India  at the WACA on Wednesday. They have made a number of changes from the side that recently lost 3-2 in South Africa, with former skipper Mahela Jayawardene  taking the reins again after Tillakaratne Dilshan  resigned from the post. Legendary spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan has retired since Sri Lanka were last in Australia and they are now more reliant than ever on paceman Lasith Malinga , who was the leading wicket taker in One Day Internationals last year. Rising star Dinesh Chandimal  has impressed with the bat in recent times and will again be a key player in the middle order.

The Indians will be happy to face someone other than Australia. India has suffered defeat to the hosts in six of the seven matches that they have played this summer and will be pleased to face an opponent that they defeated in last year’s World Cup Final. Hard hitting opener Virender Sehwag  could return for the world champions after missing the last match against Australia, while the youthful middle order of Virat Kohli , Rohit Sharma  and Suresh Raina  will try and continue to prove their worth away from the flat pitches on the sub-continent.

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