SA elect to bat in series decider at Lahore

Published: Monday, October 29, 2007, 11:26 [IST]
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Lahore: South Africa skipper Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat in the fifth and final one-dayer against Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium here on Monday.

South Africa made no change from the line-up of Friday's match at Multan which they won by seven wickets to level the series 2-2.

For the home team, paceman Shoaib Akhtar makes a return to international cricket as one of three changes made from the Pakistani line-up in Multan.

Sohail Tanveer and Imran Nazir also come back to the team. Pacemen Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul and opener Yasir Hameed were left out.

The match was originally scheduled for the southern city of Karachi but was shifted after South Africa raised security concern following bombings on October 18 which killed 139 people.


Pakistan: Shoaib Malik (capt), Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal (wk), Younis Khan, Misbah-ul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Akhtar, Rao Iftikhar, Sohail Tanveer and Abdul Rehman

South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Mark Boucher (wk), Albie Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Andre Nel and Johan Botha

Match Officials: Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ) and Nadeem Ghauri (Pak) Third umpire: Zamir Haider (Pak) Match Referee: Alan Hurst (Aus).


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