The Pakistan captain hit a stroke-filled 103 off 104 balls however his dismissal began a collapse wherein quick bowler Anrich Nortje took 4 wickets in 4 overs.
Rassie van der Dussen hit 123 not out, his maiden worldwide century.
However South Africa’s whole of 273 for six didn’t appear sufficient as Babar and Imam-ul-Haq (70) placed on 177 for Pakistan’s second wicket, taking them to inside 88 runs of victory with 18.2 overs left earlier than Babar was caught behind off Nortje.
4 wickets fell for 17 runs.
Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan steadied the innings in a partnership of 53 however each had been dismissed within the closing overs earlier than Faheem Ashraf hit the profitable run off the ultimate ball.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam earlier mentioned the presence of some moisture within the pitch influenced his resolution to bowl first. Pakistan gave a primary cap to batsman Danish Aziz.
Temba Bavuma, captaining South Africa for the primary time, mentioned the hosts would search to publish a complete of about 280.
“There may be one thing within the wicket for the bowlers however on this floor we will rating rather a lot on the finish if there are wickets in hand.”
Each groups opted for pace-based bowling assaults, with three specialist quick bowlers, one spinner and a seam-bowling all-rounder.
The three-match collection is a part of the Worldwide Cricket Council’s World Cup Tremendous League.