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Sri Lanka Bat First in Must Win (Sri Lanka vs Australia Live)

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Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first in Friday’s must-win one-day clash with Australia at the Melbourne Cricke Ground (MCG).Sri Lanka vs Australia

Australia (19 points) have already qualified for the best-of-three finals series which starts on Sunday in Brisbane, while Sri Lanka are equal with India on 15 points.

But India’s better head-to-head record against Sri Lanka in the series means Sri Lanka needs to win on Friday to claim a place in the finals.
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Australia has rested paceman Brett Lee, who has been playing with a broken foot, while skipper Michael Clarke is out again with a back/hamstring injury.

Shane Watson will be Australia’s acting captain for the second successive match.

Sri Lanka has rested injured paceman Farveez Maharoof.

Australia: Shane Watson (capt), Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Brett Lee 12th man.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thrimanne, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Sachitra Senanayake, Upul Tharanga 12th man.

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