Pakistan wins toss, elects to bat in 2nd test

Pakistan wins toss and bats against South Africa in 2nd test; Steyn declared fit

Pakistan wins toss, elects to bat in 2nd test

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn recovered from hamstring injury and expected to be called into action quickly Wednesday after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat in the second test.

The South Africans made two changes to the lineup which lost the first test by seven wickets, bringing in Dean Elgar in place of Hashim Amla and legspinner Imran Tahir for left-arm spinner Robin Peterson.

Amla flew home after the first test to be with his pregnant wife.

Steyn strained his right hamstring during practice last Sunday but was declared fit on Wednesday morning.

Pakistan retained the same playing XI from its stunning first-test victory.

South Africa has not lost a test series away from home since its tour to Sri Lanka in 2006.



Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan.

South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Alviro Petersen, Jacques Kallis, A.B. de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, J.P. Duminy, Imran Tahir, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.

Umpires: Ian Gould, England, and Rod Tucker, Australia.

TV Umpire: Paul Reiffel, Australia. Match referee: David Boon, Australia.

Updated : 2021-01-27 00:49 GMT+08:00