South Africa captain Quinton de Kock had won the toss earlier and decided to bat in the first Test against Pakistan.
The home series is being played behind closed doors because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
After receiving flak for an embarrassing defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their last series, Pakistan are now seeking redemption as the squad hopes to win on their home ground.
The opening Test in Karachi will be a perfect opportunity for the squad, especially Babar Azam, who will finally make his debut as Pakistan’s Test captain after his absence in the series in New Zealand because of injury.
It was expected that Pakistan will prepare a low, slow, and spinner-friendly wicket in a bid to exploit South Africa’s weakness against quality spin.
That’s why Babar went into the series opener with two spinners – Yasir Shah and Nauman.
In the batting arena, Babar holds an eminent position with players like the seasoned Azhar Ali looking to make their presence felt in what is a rare home Test for the Pakistanis.