UAE wins toss, sends South Africa in to bat at World Cup
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — United Arab Emirates captain Mohammad Tauqir won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat in their World Cup Pool B match at a sunny Wellington Regional Stadium on Thursday.
South Africa brought in Farhaan Behardien for batsman Faf du Plessis, who has a back strain, while Vernon Philander, who has been out with a hamstring injury, replaces fellow paceman Kyle Abbott.
The UAE named three changes, bringing in Kamran Shahzad, Fahad Alhashmi, and Saqlain Haider.
South Africa is will be looking for a big win in its final pool game to not only qualify for the quarterfinals, but ensure a favorable matchup in the final eight by finishing second in its pool.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, A.B. de Villiers (captain), David Miller, J.P. Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.
UAE: Amjad Ali, Andri Raffaelo, Khurram Khan, Shaiman Anwar, Swapnil Patil, Saqlain Haider, Amjad Javed, Mohammad Naveed, Mohammad Tauqir (captain), Fahad Alhashmi, Kamran Shazad.
Umpires: Steve Davis and Rod Tucker, Australia.
Third umpire: Bruce Oxenford, Australia. Match referee: Aleem Dar, Pakistan.