New-look Pakistan will look to finish a 17-year look forward to a collection win towards South Africa and leapfrog the Proteas within the rankings within the second Test starting on Thursday. Victory could be poignant for Pakistan, who’re internet hosting their largest Test collection because the lethal 2009 terrorist assault on Sri Lanka’s crew halted worldwide excursions. Pakistan, whose lone collection win over South Africa was at residence in 2003, begin as favourites in Rawalpindi after final week’s thumping seven-wicket win in Karachi.
They stand to rise two locations to fifth within the rankings with a collection victory, whereas defeat would push South Africa down from fifth to sixth.
Debutant Nauman Ali and fellow spinner Yasir Shah had been the heroes in Karachi with seven wickets every, together with Fawad Alam whose first-innings century arrange the win.
Babar Azam, who captained Pakistan for the primary time in Tests, mentioned the win was a lot wanted after they went down closely in each Tests away to New Zealand in December and January.
“This win was very necessary for our group,” mentioned Azam. “The last series in New Zealand didn’t go very well.
“Yes, these are residence circumstances however South Africa is a prime Test aspect and beating them was morale-boosting.”
He added: “We have been telling the gamers to be assured. I do not need them to take stress, study from errors and do your finest.”
However, Rawalpindi will provide a different challenge for both teams as fast bowlers tend to dominate.
When Pakistan beat Bangladesh there by an innings and 44 runs, 12 months ago, 20 of the 30 wickets went to fast bowlers.
With that in mind, Pakistan are expected to drop Nauman, despite his wickets in Karachi, and give a Test debut to paceman Haris Rauf.
‘Not the greatest’ record
South Africa have long struggled in the subcontinent, with Karachi their eighth defeat in a row in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
They lost their last eight wickets for 112 and 60 in the two innings in Karachi, falling for 220 and 245 all out.
“I do know that our file within the subcontinent just isn’t the best,” mentioned captain Quinton de Kock.
“We have gained a few collection and I’ve a part of some however now we need to discover a technique to alter that.”
Experienced opener Dean Elgar is expected to be fit to play after being hit on the hand in Karachi.
The tourists are likely to drop spinner George Linde to bring in one of their fast-bowling all-rounders, Wiaan Mulder or Dwaine Pretorius.
Pakistan (from): Babar Azam (capt), Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Yasir Shah, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tabish Khan
South Africa (from): Quinton de Kock (capt), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Daryn Dupavillon, Marco Jansen
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