South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first in the dead rubber contest of the three-match T20I series against Pakistan at Centurion on Wednesday.
Pakistan, after conceding an assailable lead of 2-0, called back their left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir and fast bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf in the playing XI, in place of Usman Shinwari and Hasan Ali.
The stand-in captain of South Africa, David Miller said that they will not take this game lightly and will look to wrap up Pakistan’s inning as cheaply as possible.
“The wicket looks pretty flat. We’re going to go with the same team. We’re not going to rest or try different guys. We’ll try bowl them out as quickly as possible,” he said at the toss.
On the other hand, Shoaib Malik expressed that he wanted to bat first on the strip. He further said that he wants the tour to end at a high, so they will look for the consolation win.
“We played brilliantly in the last two games, but it’s in the crunch positions that we lapsed. It’s the last game and we want to end our tour on a high note,” he said. It depends how we start, but in the last games our first three batters performed and we have the same expectations from them. Executions of the plans will be key in this game.”
Pakistan lost both the first and the second T20I of the series after closely fought contests by 6 and 7 runs respectively.
Pakistan: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
South Africa: Janneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Lubabalo Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi