Since 2007, it was the first tour of South Africa tour to Pakistan. On paper, South Africa team look more complete in every department from the hosts who are very much in experience expect few players. The visitors (South Africa) won the toss and decided to bat in the first test match of 2-match test series at National Stadium, Karachi. South Africa openers started with some quick runs and flurry of boundaries on the board and reached 30 runs by the end of 5 overs.
The dangerous looking Aiden Markram (13) was caught by butt at the second slip on the delivery Shaheen Afridi at the score of 30/1. Dean Elgar and Vander Dussen looked to resuce the side but run-out of Vander Dussen turned the tables for the visitors at the 63/2. From 63/2 to 136/5, Pakistan must be happy with bowling so far, while South Africa decision to bat first backfires completely after their top-order along with middle-order failed to score runs.
Pakistan team will looking end the South Africa innings at early as possible so they will racked up massive runs on the board in the first innings to not bat out in the second innings. But South Africa have the bowlers like kaigso Rabada, Lungi Nigidi and Anrich Nortje who would the crucial factor for South Africa in the series.
South Africa will definitely look to score over 300 runs and expect the lower order batsman to show some resilience against Pakistan bowlers. Average first innings score at this venue is 297 runs while in the second innings average score is 337 runs. So far, 7 times teams have won the test match after winning the toss while 17 times team won the test match after bowling first. The highest total at this venue is 765/6 while lowest is 80/10.