South African batsman JP Duminy marked his return to Test action with 57 on the opening day against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi but was only one of two players to pass 20.
Hashim Amla closed unbeaten on 118 but with his side on 245 for eight, it is likely that the Proteas' bowlers are going to have to work extra hard if South Africa are not to concede a first innings lead.
However, Duminy has every confidence that the bowlers, and those still to bat, will be able to keep them in the game.
"All we can do is to make sure we come with a positive frame of mind," Duminy said following the day's play. "We need get as many runs as possible and start well with the ball.
"Having the bowling line-up that we do, you have to back us to do a great job. Hopefully tomorrow we can stay out there as long as possible with the bat and strike upfront and put a lot of pressure on them."
Duminy, who ruptured the Achilles tendon in his right leg during a warm-down in Australia last winter, has now made a successful comeback, featuring in all three formats for South Africa.
"It’s just great to be back playing cricket," he added. "It’s always a special feeling playing a Test match for your country. Coming back a couple of months ago in an ODI game was a great feeling.
"There were some lows and some highs from that injury but I had a great support structure and medical team and it’s thanks to them that I am where I am today."
Duminy's 95-run partnership with Amla, who scored his 20th Test century prior to the close of play, was vital for South Africa after they had lost four early wickets.
Although Duminy looked in good touch, he was quick to praise Amla, who has laid the foundations for South Africa to at least be able to apply some pressure on Pakistan as the match goes on.
"To see the power of concentration he has is phenomenal. I saw a stat on TV today that he is about 30 Tests behind Gary Kirsten and only one Test century separating them, that says a lot.
"The key is for him to try and push on for us; we strive on taking responsibility within the team when you are in."
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