India bat in first Test, bring in Pandya for debut

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India bat in first Test, bring in Pandya for debut

Galle, Sri Lanka: India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat in the first Test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday after his side named all-rounder Hardik Pandya to make his debut.

The match is the first of three Tests in Sri Lanka, as India seek to reinforce their domination of Test cricket.

Opening batsman Lokesh Rahul was ruled out of the game with a viral fever so Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund start the batting for India.

Left-handed batsman Danushka Gunathilaka makes his Test debut for Sri Lanka. The 26-year-old helped beat India at the Champions Trophy in June and was top-scorer in the recent one day games against Zimbabwe.

India

Shikhar Dhawan, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav

Sri Lanka

Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Angelo Manthews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath (capt), Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara.

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