Proteas

Zim opt to field in first ODI

AB de Villiers (Gallo Images)
AB de Villiers (Gallo Images)

Bulawayo - Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field in the first of three one-day internationals against South Africa at an overcast and windy Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, on Sunday.

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AB de Villiers said at the toss he was happy with the decision, and cited the opportunity to capitalise on the dry conditions as his reason.

The selectors have opted for two frontline spinners in Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso, while Kyle Abbott makes a return to the ODI squad since making his debut against Pakistan in March 2013.

Teams:

Zimbabwe

Elton Chigumbura (captain), Richmond Mutumbami, Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Luke Jongwe, Shingi Masakadza, Neville Madziva, Prosper Utseya, John Nyumbu

South Africa

AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Kyle Abbott, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir

Match Officials

Match Referee:  Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)

Standing Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (New Zealand) & Russell Tiffin (Zimbabwe)

Third Umpire: Jeremiah Matibiri (Zimbabwe)

Fourth Umpire: Chris Phiri (Zimbabwe)
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