All there is to know ahead of Pindi Test between Pakistan, South Africa

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The second and final Test between Pakistan and South Africa will be played in Rawalpindi.

The five-day match will begin on February 4 (Thursday) and is scheduled to last till February 8 (Monday).

Pakistan won the opening match of the series by seven wickets and so hold a 1-0 lead. 

A win or even a draw in Pindi Test will see them sweep the series, which will be their first over South Africa in 17 years.

Kick-off time: 

The first ball is scheduled to be bowled at 10am PST, which means that match toss will be held at 9:30am.

Men to watch out for:

Babar Azam has batted twice in Pindi and scored centuries on both the occasions - a 102 against Sri Lanka and a stroke-rich 143 against Bangladesh. Having failed in both the innings of Karachi Test, the Pakistan skipper will be raring to put his gloves on at a venue where he has an astronomical record.

Of the 13 wickets South Africa took in the Karachi Test, nine were claimed by their fast bowlers. In the last Test played in Pindi in Feb 2020, pacers were the main weapons of destruction. The two Shahs - Shaheen and Naseem - had claimed four-fors in first and second innings respectively. Together, they had claimed 10 of Bangladesh's 20 wickets, which included Naseem's hat-trick.

If there is one area the Africans edge their hosts in, it is fast bowling. The likes of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje could trouble Pakistani batsmen.

Squads:

Pakistan: Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan and Yasir Shah.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Ottniel Baartman, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Daryn Dupavillon, Dean Elgar, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, Marco Jansen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Dwaine Pretorius,  Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne

Pak vs SA: Match preview for 2nd Test in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Feb 4

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