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Pakistan wins the toss, elects to bat first

Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has won the toss and decided to bat first against South Africa in the first of two Twenty20 Internationals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The game will be Pakistan’s first game since the end of their disastrous tour of England which was rocked by betting scandals but Afridi feels his team are professional enough to the controversy behind them.

Pakistan have decided not to select Younis Khan while South Africa will be without Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn who are still recovering from injuries picked up in the Twenty20 Champions League.

Pakistan team - Imran Farhat, Shahzaib Hasan, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi*, Abdul Razzaq, Zulqarnain Haider†, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar.

South Africa team - GC Smith, LL Bosman, AB de Villiers†, JP Duminy, CA Ingram, DA Miller, JA Morkel, J Botha*, M Morkel, J Theron, LL Tsotsobe.

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