South Africa win toss against West Indies, elect to bowl first – ICC World Cup 2011

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South Africa win toss against West Indies, elect to bowl first – ICC World Cup 2011 to bat first in their Group-B match of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2011.
The match is a day and night fixture at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Pitch Curator Andy Atkinson has assured a fair balance between the ball and the bat. The pitch report from Tom Moody suggests that there is a tincture of green grass on the track. The spicy and zesty pitch will certainly suit the fast bowlers of South Africa. Due is expected later in the game, which is why South Africa decided to bowl early.
At the toss, South African Captain Graeme Smith said the pitch was a bit unknown and they would like to chase on such a track. He further commented that he would be relying on his three spinners to strangle the opposition. The much-hyped spinner, Pakistan-born Imran Tahir, will make his debut in this game. He was quite successful in the pre-World Cup warm-up games. The captain has opted for Robin Peterson rather than the more experienced will lead the bowling attack and will look to exploit the bowling-conducive conditions.
Recently appointed West Indies captain, Darren Sammy, is hopeful of a good performance. West Indies will be relying on their hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle. He can be a ‘make or break’ unit for the team. The last time both the teams played in guides them to a good first innings total. Later in the innings, Kieron Pollard will be a dangerous player. In the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pollard had had a very successful run on Indian pitches. His hard hitting abilities and wicket-taking knack can be vital to the West Indies success. In the bowling line up, West Indies will rely on their quick Kemar Roach and the tall statured spinner Sulieman Benn. Both the players are well reputed and can trouble the long batting line up South Africa.



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