South Africa captain Quentin de Kock has decided to bat after winning the toss of the first match of the series being played at the National Stadium in Karachi. Adam McCormick and Dan Elgar started the innings aggressively for the visitors but Shaheen Afridi sent Adam back to the pavilion for a total score of 30. He was dismissed for 13 runs. After making runs, they were run out. Former South African captain Faf Dupleix was also a guest for 23 runs and captain Quentin de Cock also failed to play a big innings. He was dismissed for 15 runs. After Dawson, Temba Bauma was also run out, he could make only 17 runs.
Opening batsman Dan Elgar, on the other hand, played a responsible innings and scored a half-century, but he fell victim to a spinner after scoring 58 runs. Keshu Maharaj returned to the pavilion without opening an account. Kagiso Rabada tried to resist Pakistani bowling and remained unbeaten on 21 runs, but no tail end from the other end could stand on the wicket for long and the entire South African team was bowled out for 220 runs.
For the national team, league spinner Yasir Shah took 3 wickets, debutant left-arm spinner Noman Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi took 2 wickets each while Hassan Ali took one wicket. He is the sixth youngest Pakistani captain to lead a Test team. Earlier, Babar Azam could not play any match in the series against New Zealand due to unfitness. He was replaced by Shadab Khan, who led the T20 team, and Mohammad Rizwan, who led the Test team. Baz Imran Butt and left-arm spinner Noman Ali are making their debuts while Hassan Ali has also returned to the team. Imran Butt was given a test cap by batting coach Younis Khan and Noman Ali by league spinner Yasir Shah. On the other hand, South African spinner Tabriz Shamsi has returned to the team after injury. It should be noted that both the teams last competed in Karachi in 2007 in which the visiting team scored 160 runs while the second Test of the series. The match was played in Lahore which ended without any result.