PORT OF SPAIN (AFP) – Returning Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and put Sri Lanka in to bat in the final of the Tri-Nation Series at Queen's Park Oval on Thursday.
Having recovered from a hamstring injury sustained 11 days ago in Jamaica that initially appeared to have ruled him out of the rest of the tournament, India's inspirational leader was back at the helm for the decider with Murali Vijay making way for him from the last preliminary match against the same opponents on Tuesday.
Vinay Kumar replaces Umesh Yadav in a switch of fast-medium bowlers as the only other change to the Indian XI.
Sri Lanka, who were trounced by 81 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis Method two days before, have also made two changes.
Kusal Perera came in for Jeevan Mendis while seamer Suranga Lakmal plays at the expense of Dilhara Lokuhettige, who failed to impress in the loss to India that allowed the World Cup and Champions Trophy holders to get into the final at the expense of hosts West Indies.
First-choise medium-pacer Nuwan Kulasekara remains sidelined by a finger injury.
India - M.S. Dhoni (captain), R. Sharma, S. Dhawan, V. Kohli, D. Karthik, S. Raina, R. Jadeja, R. Ashwin, B. Kumar, I. Sharma, V. Kumar.
Sri Lanka - A. Mathews (captain), U. Tharanga, M. Jayawardene, K. Sangakkara, D. Chandimal, L. Thirimanne, K. Perera, S. Lakmal, L. Malinga, R. Herath, S. Eranga.