In South Africa there were only two seamen in Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje
Pakistan decided to beat South Africa
Pakistan’s Babar Azam opted to negotiate the early morning humidity and the possible extra jump and chose to have its lineup hit in Rawalpindi first. South Africa wasn’t too dissatisfied with the decision. Quinton de Kock expected a little more for his speed than in Karachi.
Nevertheless, there were only two front sailors in South Africa in Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, with Lungi Ngidi being left out in favor of all-rounder Wiaan Mulder. They also gave another opportunity to left-wing spinner George Linde, which means South Africa has once again opted for two specialized spinners. Tabraiz Shamsi, the wrist spinner on the left arm, who suffered a back cramp before the throw in Karachi, was not considered. Their top 6 are the same as in the first Test, with de Kock expected to beat Temba Bavuma.
Pakistan named an unchanged XI as they went for a third straight win at Home and a first against South Africa since 2003.
Pakistan: Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (Capt), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (week), Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Nauman Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock (Capt and Woche), Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Firdose Moonda is the ESPNcricinfo correspondent in South Africa