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Dhoni opts to bat in dead rubber

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Sun, Jan 06, 2013 07:47 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 6 (IBNS) India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat against Pakistan in the dead third rubber against Pakistan at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Sunday.

Dhoni was doubtful for the match with a sore back he recovered in time.

India made two changes with Virender Sehwag and Ashok Dinda making way for Ajinkya Rahane and Shami Ahmed, who will be making his debut. Pakistan made one change with Umar Akmal replacing Azhar Ali.

Pakistan have already won the series 2-0.

India: Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed

Pakistan; Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan

Umpires: S. Asnani and BF Bowden (New Zealand)
TV umpire: V.A. Kulkarni
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)

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