South Africa wins toss, opts to field first against West Indies

South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss and has decided to bowl first against West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi for World Cup Group B match.

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Feb 24, 2011

South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss and has decided to bowl first against West Indies in their World Cup Group B match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.

South Africa are playing three frontline spinners, with 31-year-old Pakistan-born spinner Imran Tahir making his debut in this match.

Former Australian player Tom Moody said in his pitch report that fast bowlers could dominate with the new ball due to few grass patches, otherwise it looks like a perfect batting track.

South Africa are once again World Cup favourites in this edition, whereas West Indies will be under immense pressure having not won a single ODI game against any Test playing nation since 2009.

Teams:


South Africa: Graeme Smith (c), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Robin Peterson, Johan Botha, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn.

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Devon Smith (wk), Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Devon Thomas, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy (c), Kemar Roach, Sulieman Benn.

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