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Sri Lanka wins toss, bats 1st vs Bangladesh in World Cup

February 26, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat first Thursday in its Cricket World Cup Pool A match against Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Sri Lanka included Dinesh Chandimal in the only change to its XI, replacing batsman Jeevan Mendis, who sustained a hamstring injury in training Tuesday. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara is playing his 400th ODI.

Bangladesh fielded an unchanged lineup to the one that beat Afghanistan in their opening game.

The skies cleared for the start of the match after early cloud in Melbourne. The weather forecast is for the possibility of a shower later in the day.

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Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, , Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.

Bangladesh: Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mominul Haque, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, India, and Paul Reiffel, Australia.

TV umpire: Richard Kettleborough, England. Match referee: Jeff Crowe, New Zealand.

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