South Africa’s avenue to success in this first Test will be to put up a much better batting performance in their second innings.
At the close, Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam were unbeaten on five each – with Pakistan trailing by 187 runs with six wickets intact.
The tourists lost two early wickets when Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen were dismissed after the South Africans won the toss and opted to bat.
“It’s just the start of his career and I think there are another 100 games for him, personally,” said the Proteas coach on the eve of the skipper’s 50th Test.
The South Africans will look to Keshav Maharaj and George Linde to exploit a dry pitch, with the back-up to come from three quick bowlers.
South Africa coach Mark Boucher hinted on Monday, just a day before the start of the first Test on Tuesday, that Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde could all feature.

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