Proteas bat first in Centurion

South Africa looking to go 2 – 0 up in search of a number one ODI ranking.

Cricket ball. Picture: Sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa have won the toss and chosen to bat first in the second one-day international against Pakistan.

The Proteas are 1 - 0 up in the five-match series after beating Pakistan by 125 runs in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

South Africa will be looking to extend their lead in the series knowing that a 5 - 0 whitewash will see them ascend to the top of the ICC one day international rankings.

There has been rain around Pretoria earlier in the week and conditions may be suitable for seam bowling, which should bode well for South Africa who will be heartened by the return of Dale Steyn, who will be replacing Rory Kleinveldt.

Kleinveldt is carrying a rib joint injury and will also be in doubt for the third one day international at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Captain Ab de Villiers is confident his side can perform.

"It was an important win for us on Sunday. We want to play consistent cricket and it's important for us to continue the good work we've done in Bloemfontein at Centurion."