Bangladesh win toss, elect to bat

Updated: 26 March 2008 09:44 IST

Mohammad Ashraful won the toss and decided to bat first on Friday in the first cricket Test against South Africa at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Dhaka, Bangladesh:

Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful won the toss and decided to bat first on Friday in the first cricket Test against South Africa at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

South Africa opted to go into the match with just one spinner in Johan Botha while the hosts also picked a lone specialist slow bowler in Mohammad Rafique, set to retire after this two-Test series.

The second Test begins in Chittagong on February 29.

South Africa has never lost a Test match to Bangladesh.

Teams:

South Africa: Graeme Smith, Ashwell Prince, Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, Neil McKenzie, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Makahya Ntini, Dale Steyn.

Bangladesh: Mohammad Ashraful (captain), Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Habibul Bashar, Mohammad Rafique, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Junaid Siddique, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shahadat Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.

Umpires: Steve Bucknor, West Indies, and Aleem Dar, Pakistan

TV Umpire: AFM Aktharuddin, Bangladesh, Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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