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South Africa captain AB de Villiers chose to bat on a pitch expected to be full of runs, in the first ODI against Pakistan. The prospect of sparing his bowlers from Sharjah's afternoon heat may also have swayed de Villiers. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said he would have also batted.
South Africa were without their top batsman and bowler, as Hashim Amla remained apart from the side, having left to attend the birth of his child, and Dale Steyn was rested, on request. Legspinner Imran Tahir, who took eight wickets in the Dubai Test, got his first ODI since the 2011 World Cup, replacing Robin Peterson. Wayne Parnell was also in the attack.
Pakistan made three changes to the side that played Zimbabwe, in their most recent ODI in August. Umar Akmal returned to the team as wicketkeeper-batsman, in place of Sarfraz Ahmed, and bowlers Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir displaced Junaid Khan and left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman. Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi were the spin options for the hosts.
Pakistan: 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Umar Amin, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Saeed Ajmal, 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Wahab Riaz, 11 Mohammad Irfan
South Africa: 1 Colin Ingram, 2 Graeme Smith, 3 JP Duminy, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 Faf du Plessis, 6 David Miller, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Ryan McLaren, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Imran Tahir, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe