Sharjah - South African captain AB de Villiers won the toss and decided to bat
in the first of five one-day internationals against Pakistan in Sharjah
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The Proteas are without their frontline paceman Dale
Steyn, who has returned home for a rest, and Hashim Amla, who has also
returned home for the birth of his child.
Steyn will return for the third one-day match in Abu Dhabi on November 6.
Robin Peterson is suffering from a viral illness and was not considered for selection.
Africa included leg-spinner Imran Tahir who took eight wickets in the
second Test in Dubai, which the Proteas won to square the two-match
Pakistan included three pacemen in Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanveer.
The remaining one-day matches will be played in Dubai (November 1), Abu Dhabi (November 8) and Sharjah (November 11).
Colin Ingram, Graeme Smith, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers (captain),
Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel,
Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir
Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Umar Amin, Umar Akmal?,
Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Shozab Raza (PAK)
TV umpire: Steve Davis (AUS)
ICC match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)