South Africa bowls after rain delay
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — South Africa opted to bowl first against Pakistan in the crucial second one-day international on Wednesday after a rain delay at St. George’s Park.
South Africa is under pressure ahead of the game, which was reduced to 45 overs per side by the weather, as it faces a first loss to Pakistan in a bilateral ODI series.
Captain AB de Villiers decided there would be enough help for his fast bowlers from the pitch and the overcast conditions in Port Elizabeth to put Pakistan in to bat.
After losing 4-1 to South Africa in United Arab Emirates this month, the tourists lead this three-match series 1-0 and are in sight of a historic win.
Pakistan was unchanged from the team that won by 23 runs at Newlands on Sunday — its first ODI victory ever at the Cape Town ground.
South Africa made two changes for the country’s 500th ODI since returning to international cricket in 1991. Left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe and allrounder Ryan McLaren were in for Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.
McLaren, South Africa’s most successful bowler in ODIs this year, was surprisingly left out in the series-opening loss.
Pakistan include new allrounders Anwar Ali and Bilawal Bhatti, who starred in the victory in Cape Town on their one-day debuts.
South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir.
Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali.