South Africa wins toss, elects to field in 1st T20

South Africa captain Heinrich Klaasen won the toss and elected to field against Pakistan in the first Twenty20 on Thursday.

Klaasen is leading a new-look Proteas as five T20 regulars, including skipper Quinton de Kock, returned home after losing the test series to Pakistan 2-0.

De Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi were supposed to prepare for the home test series against Australia, but that series was postponed while the T20 squad was en route to Pakistan.

Pakistan's Twenty20 team's skipper Babar Azam, left, and his South Africa's counterpart Heinrich Klaasen, pose for photographer with trophy of Twenty20 series at the Gaddafi Stadium, in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Pakistan and South Africa will play three Twenty20 match series, starting from Feb. 11. (AP PhotoK.M. Chaudary)

South Africa handed a T20 debut to 26-year-old allrounder Jacques Snyman, who bowls offspin and bats in the middle order.

Allrounder Mohammad Nawaz was recalled by Pakistan for the first time since 2018.

Captain Babar Azam will open the innings with wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, which gave Pakistan a chance to include extra allrounder Nawaz along with Faheem Ashraf.

The remaining two games in the three-match series will also be in Lahore this weekend.


Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Qadir, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf.

South Africa: Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Jacques Snyman, Heinrich Klaasen (captain), David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Junior Dala, Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi.

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