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Mangal wins the toss; Afghanistan bat first

Afghanistan skipper Nawroz Mangal has won the toss and elected to bat first against India in their opening t20 World Cup group match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

The minnows will be looking to cause a major upset with victory against the 2011 World Cup Champions but India will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing defat against Pakistan in their final warm up match.

The pre-tournament favourites will be looking to avoid a upset against an associate side in Afghanistan who are getting stronger and stronger as they gain more experience on the world stage.

Afghanistan team - Karim Sadiq, Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad†, Nawroz Mangal*, Najibullah Zadran, Shafiqullah, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbodin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran.

India team - G Gambhir, V Sehwag, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, SK Raina, MS Dhoni*†, RG Sharma, IK Pathan, R Ashwin, Z Khan, L Balaji.

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