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South Africa win toss, bats 1st vs West Indies at World Cup

KEIRAN SMITHFebruary 27, 2015

SYDNEY (AP) — South Africa skipper A.B. de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first Friday in the World Cup Pool B match against the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Proteas made three changes to the team that suffered a heavy 130-run defeat to India in its last outing at Melbourne on Sunday.

Kyle Abbott replaced injured paceman Vernon Philander, allrounder Farhaan Behardien came in for Wayne Parnell and batsman Rilee Roussow replaced J.P. Duminy.

The West Indies, buoyed by its 73-run victory over Zimbabwe at Canberra on Tuesday, which included a World Cup record 215 from opener Chris Gayle, made one change with spinner Suliemann Benn preferred over paceman Nikita Miller due to the expected turn on the SCG wicket.

The teams have met at a World Cup on five previous occasions, with South Africa leading the series 3-2.

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Lineups:

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Lendl Simmons, Jonathan Carter, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Jerome Taylor, Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn.

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Francois du Plessis, Rilee Roussow, A.B. de Villiers (captain), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

Umpires: Steve Davis, Australia and Ian Gould, England.

TV umpire: Ranmore Martinesz, Sri Lanka. Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama.

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