Cricket World Cup 2011

Zim send Sri Lanka to bat

2011-03-10 10:52
Elton Chigumbura (AFP)

Kandy - Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura won the toss and elected to field against Sri Lanka in their World Cup Group A match on Thursday.

Zimbabwe recalled paceman Christopher Mpofu and dropped opening batsman Charles Coventry from the team which lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets last week.

Sri Lanka made two changes from the side which featured in the abandoned match against Australia on Saturday. Spinners Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis made way for pacemen Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera.

Sri Lanka:
Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Mahela Jayawardene, Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (capt), Regis Chakabva, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Greg Lamb, Christopher Mpofu, Tinashe Panyangara, Raymond Price, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya.

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA) and Nigel Llong (ENG)

TV umpire: Tony Hill (NZL)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

Pitch conditions: The pitch is different from the one used for the Pakistan-New Zealand match on Tuesday. It has traces of grass and is likely to help the seamers.


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