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GALLE: Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first on the opening day of the first Test against India at the Galle International Stadium.

Sri Lanka left out Upul Tharanga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando and Dilruwan Perera from their squad of 15.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath returned to the team after being left out of the third Test against Pakistan.

India included all three spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Harbhajan Singh in their final 11 and went with two fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron.

Teams:

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Tharindu Kaushal,  Nuwan Pradeep.

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma.

Umpires: Nigel Llong (England) and Bruce Oxenford (Australia), TV umpire: Ranmore Martinesz (Sri Lanka),

Match Referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe).