Dubai: South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith said on Thursday that the Proteas will keep on batting on the third day of the second Test against Pakistan till the wicket deteriorates further. South Africa would want to pile up enough runs to set up a series–levelling innings win over Pakistan, said Smith.
The South Africa captain said he wants to occupy the crease for the best of its batting time before putting Pakistan back in. With himself and AB de Villiers both well set and JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis to come, the South Africa captains plans don’t appear to be very difficult to execute.
“Ideally, we want to bat once and allow the wicket to deteriorate a little more. It’s pretty dry at the moment,” Smith said.
“The goal for today (Thursday) was to get ourselves into a winning position. Our innings was still in the balance when Dale Steyn got out. But then the way AB transferred pressure made my life easier and we are in a good position now. We’ve got to come out on Friday and work ourselves into a position where we feel we can win the game.”
Smith said he does not have a total in mind. With the lead already at 361, South Africa are likely to continue batting past an advantage of 450 which will require Pakistan to bat better than they have in over a year to save the match. The last time Pakistan scored in excess of 450 was against Sri Lanka in June last year.
Pakistan bowling coach Mohammed Akram said, “Winning the toss and batting first showed we were confident this was a batting pitch and will play very well for the next three days. The batsmen are optimistic about the fact that they can apply themselves and bat for as long as possible in the next innings,” he said.
Akram, however, conceded that the team’s batting has been inconsistent for a long time and is a cause for concern. (Agencies)