Pakistan win toss, batting against Bangladesh

GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bat against Bangladesh in the teams'' World Twenty20 opener at the Beuasejour Stadium here on Saturday.

Pakistan are the defending World Twenty20 champions, having won the title by beating Sri Lanka in last year''s final at Lord''s.

For this match they chose to omit fast bowler Mohammad Asif.

Bangladesh have lost ten Twenty20 internationals in a row, their last win coming in September 2007 at the inaugural World Twenty20.

Pakistan have beaten their Asian rivals in all their three previous matches in this format.

Teams
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Naeem Islam, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Shafiul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak

Pakistan: Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi (captain), Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Sami, Saeed Ajmal

Umpires: Asoka de Silva (SL) and Rod Tucker (AUS), TV umpire: Shavir Tarapore (IND)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL).