South Africa put Pakistan into bat


AUCKLAND: South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and put Pakistan into bat in their World Cup Pool B match at Eden Park Auckland on Saturday.

South Africa have won three of their four matches and another win will ensure their place in the quarter-finals along with defending champions India who earned a berth in the next round with a win over the West Indies on Friday.

Pakistan have two wins in four matches.

Fit-again JP Duminy returned for the Proteas in place of Farhan Behardien.

Pakistan, who have two wins in four matches, dropped struggling opener Nasir Jamshed while Haris Sohail was ruled out with a heel injury. In came, Younis Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed.


South Africa

De Villiers*, Amla, De Kock+, Du Plessis, Duminy, Miller, Rossouw, Steyn, Abbott, Tahir, Morkel.


Misbah*, Shehzad, Sarfraz†, Younus, Maqsood, Akmal, Afridi, Riaz, Khan, Ali, Irfan.

Toss – South Africa, who chose to field

Umpires – RA Kettleborough (England) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia)

TV umpire – CB Gaffaney

Match referee – BC Broad (England)

Reserve umpire – S Ravi (India)