RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) — Babar Azam expects a repeat of the first test dry pitch when Pakistan takes on South Africa in the 2d test on Thursday.

Babar, Pakistan’s captain in his first test series, needs no longer lower than a attract the 2d test to earn Pakistan’s first test series hold towards South Africa in 18 years.

Pakistan’s only test series hold towards the Proteas used to be in 2003 at dwelling.

“We are in a position to be extra focused and will strive to safe the result in our opt,” Babar told journalists for the length of a digital press convention on Wednesday.

Pakistan made a broad restoration from 27-4 via century-maker Fawad Alam in the first test to beat the Proteas by seven wickets within four days. On a dry wicket at Karachi, spinners Nauman Ali, who used to be taking half in in his first test match, and Yasir Shah, an skilled leggie, shared 14 wickets in between them.

“The wicket right here looks reminiscent of the one in Karachi, with the exception of that the stipulations shall be noteworthy cooler,” Babar mentioned. “There’s no need of a fourth rapidly bowler as the wicket looks dry.”

The Pakistan captain hinted that he didn’t look any trade in the taking half in XI for the 2d test, barring some drastic trade in the stipulations sooner than the toss.

“You never know the weather in Rawalpindi, if it gets extra cloudy and overcast tomorrow, then we are in a position to seem,” he mentioned.

Babar used to consider that Pakistan has a substantial opportunity to clinch the series and mentioned the hold at Karachi has given the team sufficient confidence for the 2d test.

“We gained hundreds of confidence from the victory in the first test, however we can’t purchase them lightly and we all know they’ll jump reduction,” he mentioned.

South African top assert batsmen struggled towards the dawdle in each innings with Nauman and Shah extracting aid from the bowlers’ rough stamp from each ends.

Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen showed some resilience in the 2d innings and even overhauled Pakistan’s substantial first innings lead of 155 sooner than Nauman bagged his maiden five-wicket haul and Shah picked up four wickets which left Pakistan to trail only 88 runs.

South Africa opener Dean Elgar has recovered from a bruised hand whereas wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi would maybe method into the aspect after he used to be dominated out at the final minute which potential that of aid spasm.

Captain Quinton de Kock had two under-par knocks, whereas skilled Faf du Plessis clearly struggled to negotiate the dawdle of Shah and can rating only 23 and 10.

And de Kock is aware of his batsmen beget to function better than the two ratings of 220 and 245 at Karachi.

“We did let ourselves down in the first innings, (and) that used to be the point in the game the build we let ourselves down basically the most,” de Kock had mentioned after the first test.

Every teams are out of the ICC World Take a look at Championship remaining speed at Lord’s in June. Pakistan is No. 5 whereas South Africa slipped to No. 6 after shedding the first test.

New Zealand has already qualified for the final with England, India and Australia all in the working for the remaining predicament.

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Squads:

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Yasir Shah, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Tabish Khan.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (captain), 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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