In the first 16 overs of the first Test match against Pakistan at Karachi’s National Stadium on Tuesday, South Africa lost two wickets.
Earlier, Proteas captain Quinton de Kock won the toss and elected to bat, aiming to get a wide first-innings total.
But when opener Aiden Markram was removed by left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi in the fifth over for 13, the South Africans suffered an early defeat.
After some acrobatic work by Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, Rassie van der Dussen, who came in after the collapse of the wicket, was unfortunately run out in the 16th over.
The visitors were 94 for 2 at lunch, with opener Dean Elgar looking set at 46 not out and Faf du Plessis (14*) assisting him.
With two spinners, Keshav Maharaj and George Linde, South Africa entered the Test, their first in Pakistan in 14 years, to exploit a bare pitch that is supposed to take spin.
In a blend of three pacers and two spinners, Pakistan handed test caps to 34-year-old left-arm spinner Nauman Ali and 25-year-old opener Imran Butt.
Pakistan’s umpire Aleem Dar, who has appeared in the most international games on the field (391), is supervising his first test in Pakistan since making his debut in 2000.
After the International Cricket Council approved the selection of local match officials for international matches because of travel constraints in place after the Covid-19 pandemic, Dar got his first chance at home.
Babar Azam (captain), Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan, Nauman Ali, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Quinton de Kock (capt), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, George Linde
Aleem Dar (PAK) and Ahsan Raza (PAK) Tv umpire: Asif Yaqoob (PAK)
Mohammad Javed Malik (PAK)