First ODI: South Africa win toss, elect to bat first against Pakistan

04:14 PM | 19 Jan, 2019
First ODI: South Africa win toss, elect to bat first against Pakistan
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PORT ELIZABETH — South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan in the first match of five one-day internationals (ODIs) on Saturday at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth.

Pakistan will make all the efforts to bounce back from the setback of the 3-0 Test series defeat to gain the momentum ahead of the world cup.

Pakistan is said to be a more cohesive unit in the shorter format of the game and stand fifth on the ICC ODI Team Rankings.

Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez Pakistan joined Pakistan's ODI squad while Rassie van der Dussen and Duanne Olivier will be making their ODI debuts for the hosts.

In the absence of Dale Steyn, who has been rested for first two games, Olivier will expect to lead the attack from the front, who topped the charts with 24 wickets against Pakistan in the Test series.

Playing XI

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain & wicketkeeper), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali and Usman Shinwari

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis (captain), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Heinrich Klaasen (wicketkeeper), Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Duanne Olivier, and Imran Tahir