Pakistan ask Proteas to bat in T20 at Newlands

2019-02-01 17:43
Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis (AP)

Cape Town - Pakistan have won the toss and elected to field first in the first of three Twenty20 Internationals against the Proteas at Newlands on Friday.

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Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik said he did not expect the pitch to change much.

"It is more of a tactical decision," he said. The same pitch was used for the final one-day international between the two countries on Wednesday as well as a women's international earlier on Friday.

Malik said Pakistan were keen to build on an outstanding 2018 when Pakistan won 17 out of 19 Twenty20 internationals. "It is more or less the same squad except our captain (suspended Sarfraz Ahmed) is not here," he said.

South African captain Faf du Plessis said he also would have bowled if he had won the toss. The South African team included only four of the players who clinched the one-day series at Newlands on Wednesday.

"It is exciting to give some new guys opportunities," said Du Plessis.

Earlier on in the day, the Proteas women cruised to a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka in their T20.


South Africa 

Reeza Hendricks, Gihahn Cloete (wk), Fas du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi


Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shoaib Malik(c), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Usman Chinaware

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