This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
After creating a huge upset in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan is all sat to face South Africa in the 2nd test clash of the two match series at
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on Wednesday.
Another victory for Pakistan would witness South Africa’s first series loss away from home since 2006. The UAE has become a fortress for Pakistan. Feeling high after an impressive seven-wicket win in the first Test, Pakistan will be looking to the experience of their skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to guide them along with the spinning wizardry of Saeed Ajmal to lead them to a historic series win. The likely Pakistani lineup will include: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Adnan Akmal (wk), Abdur Rehman, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Junaid Khan, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammed Irfan, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Shan Masood, Umar Amin, Younis Khan, Zulfiqar Babar.
On the other hand, South Africa will be entering the 2nd test without their leading run scorer and most consistent batsman Hashim Amla
(waiting for the birth of his child). However, their No. 1 strike bowler Dale Steyn will be taking a late fitness test to see if his hamstring injury has recovered sufficiently for him to be able to get through a whole Test match. The South Africans did struggle with the ball in the opening Test but their seam bowlers failed to get any sort of reverse swing and spin bowler Robin Petersen cannot match the Pakistani spinners for revolutions and turn. They are now considering bringing in Imran Tahir as another spin option that captain Graeme Smith can turn to. The probable South African squad will include: Graeme Smith (c), AB de Villiers (WK), Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Petersen, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn.
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