By Channaka de Silva
Sri Lankan cricket selectors have picked an extremely strong team for the warm-up one-day game against the visiting Indians at the P. Sara stadium to be played on Friday.
This would be the only warm up for the visitors before the three-match ODI series begins in Dambulla on Monday.
Sri Lankan selectors picked such a strong team for the match with a view to win the match, according to sources and almost all players picked are either in the Sri Lanka team or have played for the country in the past.
In-form youngster Malintha Warnapura who had a magnificent test series against the Indians will get a chance to prove himself as a one day player and shake off the tag as a test player.
Warnapura last played in a one-day international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi last year.
Chamara Silva who is going through a lean patch as a batsman has also been afforded the chance to get into the ODI team while a host of other youngsters are also in the fray to prove themselves.
Selectors had contemplated on including veteran Sanath Jayasuriya in the team as well to let him get into rhythm as he did not play in the test series and may lack match practice, but the former Sri Lanka captain had told selectors he did not need it.
Sri Lanka XI
Chamara Kapugedara (Captain), Upul Tharanga, Mahela Udawatte, MalinthaWarnapura, Jehan Mubarak, Chamara Silva, Kaushal Silva, Malinga Bandara, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Dilhara Fernando, Thilina Thushara Mirando, Chanaka Welagedara.