The Castle Lager Proteas bowlers will need to demonstrate disciplined patience to come out on top in the second Test match against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium. The Proteas need six wickets to win the match and level the two-match series but remain aware of the amount of work needed to be done with two days remaining.
Proteas vice-captain, AB de Villiers, is optimistic that the "world-class" bowling attack will be able to make inroads into the Pakistan line-up.
"We are definitely in a strong position to win this Test match," De Villiers said at stumps on Friday. "We have a big lead, four down and with the new-ball around the corner. I think it was a magnificent bowling performance to get them four down on a wicket that was still playing quite well. We have set it up nicely but we need to be patient tomorrow, build the blocks again and work hard to get wicket number five. Once we get the wicket-keeper in we feel that we can run through them."
Paceman Mohammed Irfan put an end to the record-breaking stand between De Villiers and Graeme Smith in the fifth over of the day, which was also the start of a batting rut with six wickets falling for 57 runs. The intention was to declare after lunch, but De Villiers maintains the team was happy with a 400-run plus lead.
"It shows how well Graeme played," he said of the collapse. "It’s not an easy wicket to play on, Pakistan were 80 for four earlier and I thought Graeme played extremely well to get us to the massive total. It was never going to be easy for our lower order to walk in with a reverse swinging ball and Saeed Ajmal bowling really well it’s never easy for a tail-ender.
"It was really enjoyable batting with Graeme, we have batted together quite a few times," De Villiers remarked. "He has a great presence at the crease, there is always a nice atmosphere out there, it’s not too serious. We stopped talking to each other after lunch because it got so hot, and we made jokes along the way. He made me focus a lot more out there, I'm a better player when I'm relaxed, I feel I move a bit better and he got me into that space."