SLanka win toss, batting against NZ in World T20 opener
PROVIDENCE , Guyana: Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and elected to bat against New Zealand in the opening match of the World Twenty20 here on Friday.
Veteran Sri Lanka batsman Sanath Jayasuriya was listed to come down the order, rather than play as an opener.
Meanwhile Chanaka Welegedara, the left-arm seamer, was included as the Sri Lankans, runners-up last year, looked to go one better in the Caribbean.
New Zealand omitted pace bowler Kyle Mills and included Nathan McCullum, amidst speculation the off-spinner might take the new ball.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Gareth Hopkins (wkt), Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori (captain), Nathan
McCullum, Shane Bond, Tim Southee
Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (captain/wk), Sanath Jayasuriya, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Chanaka Welegedara
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) and Rudi Koertzen (SA), TV umpire: Billy Doctrove (WI)
Match referee: Alan Hurst (AUS).