Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were heading for a high-scoring draw in the first Test after the host finished day four on 512-3 on Saturday in reply to Bangladesh’s 541-7 declared.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors had initially announced 20 players for the two-Test series but trimmed the squad to 17 for the first Test at the National Stadium on Sunday.
Babar Azam will lead the squad, which also sees comebacks for pacer Hasan Ali, all-rounder Aamer Yamin and batsman Asif Ali. Uncapped leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood, all-rounder Amad Butt and batsman Danish Aziz are also part of the 20-man squad, while pacer Wahab Riaz is left out.
Pucovski rode his luck for his 62 but his partnership of 100 with Marnus Labuschagne 67 not out for the second wicket established a solid platform for the hosts.
South Africa were 187-4 at close on the third day of the opening Test against Pakistan in Karachi on Thursday, leading by 29 runs. Pakistan's spinners Yasir Shah and Nauman Ali grabbed three wickets in the space of ten runs to halt South Africa's
Pakistan, needing 88 for victory, lost openers Abid Ali, Imran Butt and Babar Azam for a total of 52 runs before achieving the target in 22.5 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The second Test starts on Feb.4 in Rawalpindi.
It was also Smith’s first century in Australia since December 2017 in a drawn Test against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
"To be honest, before we got here security was obviously a big part, but when we arrived and saw the extent of the security, the guys have gotten a lot more comfortable,” South African skipper Quinton de Kock told reporters in Karachi on Monday.
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