DURBAN – South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl in the second one-day international against Pakistan at Kingsmead on Tuesday.
South African captain Faf du Plessis said his team had been "a bit rusty" in the first match in Port Elizabeth on Saturday when they lost only two wickets but were unable to defend a total of 266.
Du Plessis said the decision to bowl was based on likely pitch conditions. "Generally the wicket is a bit slow during the day but at night it skids on and is a bit better for batting."
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said the team had been boosted by their win in Port Elizabeth. "It was a very good, complete performance," he said. "Confidence is very high."
Both teams made two changes. South Africa brought in fast bowler Dane Paterson and left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius and leg-spinner Imran Tahir.
Pakistan included all-rounder Hussain Talat in place of Imad Wasim and Shaheen Shah Afridi for fellow left-arm fast bowler Usman Shinwari, who was said to be not fully fit.
The teams are:
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen (wkt), Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Paterson, Duanne Olivier, Tabraiz Shamsi
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, wkt), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Umpires: Bongani Jele (RSA), Paul Reiffel (AUS)
TV umpire: Gregory Brathwaite (WIS)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)
Agence France-Presse (AFP)