x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

DO NOT PUBLISHSouth Africa win toss and elect to field

The South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss and decided to bowl first in the opening Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka today.

CENTURION // The South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss and decided to bowl first in the opening Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka today. Both teams name two front line spinners, Johan Botha and Roelof van der Merwe for South Africa and Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis for Sri Lanka. South Africa are without experienced opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs and have called up Hashim Amla in his place.

South Africa: Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher, Albie Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Johan Botha, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn. Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilina Kandamby, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis. * Reuters