Image: The underrated Salman Butt has overshadowed his more celebrated colleagues
St Lucia will offer them more familiar conditions, with spin likely to be a factor. That means Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Abdur Rehman will have a big role to play. The last name in that trio, Rehman, played his first international T20 in two years against New Zealand and performed well. He could be an asset to Pakistan.
South Africa's batsmen are still notoriously dodgy against spin, and the Pakistani bowlers will look to attack the likes of Graeme Smith and JP Duminy, particularly after the way South Africa folded against England's spinners.
That said, the Pakistani bowlers will need something decent to work with. That means either the batsman have to put on a good total or be more capable of chasing down whatever the bowlers concede. They will need more than just Salman Butt to score a convincing knock. After his unbeaten 67 against New Zealand, Butt must be full of confidence, but he needs a partner.
The talent pool of Pakistani batsman is large, with the likes of the Akmal brothers and Mohammed Hafeez at the top. All four of those have to produce more than they have now. While pressure will be on the top order, it's actually in the middle that expectation will fall. Boom Boom Afridi has managed just 53 runs in his four outings thus far and fans are itching to see him get going.