Pakistan will maintain the winning combination in the second Test as they look to end the 17-year wait for a series win against South Africa.
In the second Test match against South Africa starting from February 4 in Rawalpindi, there is no possibility of any change in the Pakistani playing XI.
After winning the first Test in Karachi by 7 wickets, the host team is leading 0-1 in the two-match series. In the Karachi Test, middle-order batsman Fawad Alam scored a century in the first innings while left-arm sniper Noman Ali took five wickets for 35 runs, giving Pakistan a seven-wicket victory on the fourth day of the Test.
It is likely that Pakistan will maintain the winning combination in the second Test as well as they want to end the 17-year wait for a series win against South Africa. Whitewash against South Africa will take the national team to 5th position in the series, while defeat will take South Africa from 5th to 6th position.
International cricket in the country was shut down after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in March 2009 and this is the largest home Test series for Pakistan since the resumption of international cricket.
The expected line-up for the national team will include Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (C), Fawad Alam, Muhammad Rizwan (WH), Fahim Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Noman Ali, Yasir Shah, and Shaheen Afridi.