Australia bat first in must-win Pakistan World T20 match


Mohali (India) (AFP)

Australia skipper Steven Smith won the toss and elected to bat in a must-win group match at the World Twenty20 against Pakistan in Mohali on Friday.

The Australians made two changes from the side that won the previous game against Bangladesh, bringing in Aaron Finch and Josh Hazlewood in place of Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings.

Finch, the top-ranked T20 batsman, is playing his first game of the tournament.

Pakistan made just one change, replacing paceman Mohammad Irfan with Wahab Riaz.

Australia: Steve Smith (capt), Shane Watson, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, James Faulkner, Peter Nevill, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (capt), Imad Wasim, Ahmed Shehzad, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Sami

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) and Marais Erasmus (RSA)

TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

Reserve umpire: Nigel Llong (ENG)