Pakistan wins toss, bats against England

Pakistan wins toss, bats against England

Misbah-ul-Haq won his first toss of the series on Saturday and Pakistan elected to bat first in the third one-day international against England at Dubai Sports City.

By (AP)

Published: Sat 18 Feb 2012, 8:01 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:45 PM

Pakistan must win the third match of four if it is to force a deciding match on Tuesday, also at the same venue.

Pakistan was dealt a blow with the news that Younis Khan was ruled out of the match due to illness. Asad Shafiq came in to replace the batsman while Misbah also elected to strengthen his batting with wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal coming in for spin bowler Abdur Rehman.

England, which saw captain Alastair Cook lose only his fourth toss in 21 matches as one-day international skipper, was unchanged.

Ravi Bopara, who has scored two half centuries in the first two matches, was declared fit after he was troubled with back spasms during Wednesday’s second one-day international victory, while England resisted the temptation to play batsman Jos Buttler and bowler Tim Bresnan who have both recovered from injuries.



Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Umar Akmal, Adnan Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn and James Anderson.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Simon Taufel, Australia.

TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka. Match referee: Jeff Crowe, New Zealand.

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