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Rain delays start of first Test

July 23, 2008 10:07 IST

Rain has delayed the start of play on the opening day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka [Images] in Colombo on Wednesday.

Though the heavy overnight rain has let up, it continues to drizzle. The ground staff said they will take at least 90 minutes for the match to start once it stops raining and the covers are off.

India's experienced batting line-up includes Sachin Tendulkar [Images], who returns after recovering from a groin injury.

Tendulkar needs 172 runs to beat Brian Lara's [Images] world record test aggregate of 11,953 runs.

Sri Lanka squad

Mahela Jayawardene [Images] (capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Malinda Warnapura, Thilan Samaweera, Michael Vandort, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Silva, Chamara Kapugedera, Thilan Thushara, Chaminda Vaas [Images], Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis [Images], Nuwan Kulasekera

India squad

Anil Kumble [Images] (capt), Virender Sehwag [Images], Gautam Gambhir [Images], Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid [Images], VVS Laxman, Saurav Ganguly [Images], Dimesk Karthik, Parthiv Patel, Harbhajan Singh [Images], Zaheer Khan [Images], Munaf Patel [Images], Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh

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