Riding on the crest waves, confident Pakistan thanks to Abdul Razzaq’s amazing century clash South Africa in third and crucial One Day Internationals at an imposing Dubai Sports City Stadium here on Tuesday.
The five match ODI series is tied 1-1 after South Africa won the opening game by eight wicket and Pakistan bounced back in style the second with a sensational victory at Abu Dhabi.
The scene has now shifted to Dubai where the next three day/night ODIs of the series and first Test between the two teams will be played.
Like always with expectations back home, Pakistan will be under pressure to repeat their show here against the dangerous side like South Africa.
After success in the opening two Twenty20 Internationals and first ODI, it was wake up call for formidable South Africans and they will be coming at Pakistan with full force.
Skipper Graeme Smith, who had largely recovered from the injury after he was struck on the back of palm on the left hand likely to return to the team alongwith experienced all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who also missed the previous match because of hamstring.
Pakistan is facing serious problems in the opening department as well in the middle order. Muhammad Hafeez has been doing well at the top but youthful and makeshift opener Asad Shafiq flopped in the first two ODIs after playing a couple of promising innings in England.