Pakistan and Sri Lanka will both be looking to build on the positives from the drawn series opener when the second Test gets underway in Dubai on Wednesday.
The first match in Abu Dhabi saw batsmen eventually dominate, a superb unbeaten 157 from Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews helping his side recover after they had been bowled out for just 204 on day one.
It is expected the surface at the International Stadium could be a little more favourable for the bowlers, particularly the spinners.
Saeed Ajmal finished with match figures of 2-147 last time out, including going wicketless through 49 overs of work in Sri Lanka's second innings, but has claimed 34 scalps in five Tests in Dubai.
He may well be joined in the attack by left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, who could be recalled in place of seamer Rahat Ali.
"This pitch really gives him (Ajmal) something, turn and a bit of bounce," Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said on Tuesday after both teams were forced to cancel practice sessions due to rain.
"Usually you go with the two spinners on this (pitch) because on the third, fourth and fifth days spin plays a big role here."
Pakistan will certainly make a change behind the stumps; Adnan Akmal is ruled out with a broken thumb sustained late on day three in the first Test, so Sarfraz Ahmed will take over as wicketkeeper.
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, will be looking to do better than their previous appearance at the venue. They were beaten by nine wickets in 2011, with Ajmal taking 5-68 in their second innings to see them bowled out for 257.
They may stick with the same XI that fought back so well in the first Test, particularly as Lahiru Thirimanne and Nuwan Kulasekara have both now returned home due to injuries.
Batsman Thirimanne was ruled out with an ankle problem and will be replaced by Kusal Perera, who has yet to play at Test level, while seamer Kulasekara has a hamstring injury.
It means the only debate for the visitors is over the identity of their second spinner; Sachithra Sananayake made his Test debut in Abu Dhabi but could miss out in favour of the uncapped Dilruwan Perera.
"There's a possibility of the newcomer, but we haven't decided as yet," Mathews said.