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Pakistan wins toss, elects to field vs NZ in T20

December 4, 2014

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to field first against New Zealand in the first Twenty20 on Thursday.

Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed will be opening the innings in his T20 debut after scoring prolifically in the last three test series.

Pakistan also included limited-overs specialists Umar Akmal and fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, and left out fit-again opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad and pace bowler Umar Gul.

New Zealand, led by Kane Williamson, awarded a debut to 22-year-old Canterbury fast bowler Matt Henry.

New Zealand drew the test series 1-1 after defeating Pakistan by an innings and 80 runs in the third test on Sunday.

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Lineups:

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Sarfraz Ahmed, Awais Zia, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Saad Nasim, Anwar Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Raza Hasan, Mohammad Irfan.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Anton Devcich, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, James Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan.