The home team had won the toss and batted on a flat, brownish Rawalpindi Stadium pitch, which helped spinners from the outset, but Pakistan recovered from the early loss of three wickets.
South Africa were in trouble at 106-4 after the second day's play on a tricky Rawalpindi stadium pitch, trailing Pakistan's first innings total of 272 by 166 runs. Earlier, Nortje grabbed his third five-wicket haul with 5-56 to restrict Pakistan's total.
England skipper Joe Root hit a century in his 100th Test on Friday, but said England need 600, even 700 runs in the opening match against India. England ended day one on 263 for three after Dom Sibley fell to paceman Jasprit Bumrah for 87 in the day’s
"We have selected a squad after analysing the performance in New Zealand and areas of improvement are identified." Fast bowler Hasan Ali has regained fitness from his back problem and returns two years after last playing a test match against South Africa in 2019.
Resuming at 33-4, Pakistan's recovery was led by Fawad Alam (109), Faheem Ashraf (64) and Azhar Ali (51). South Africa were all out for 220 in their first innings.
Allrounder Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Rizwan were dropped off successive deliveries before featuring in a 52-run sixth-wicket stand which guided the home team to 129-6 in the second innings at stumps.
England skipper Joe Root could not have asked for a better start to their series in India. A dominant start and of course if he keeps the stride, the first test could well be theirs (“England need 600-700 vs India to be in driver’s seat: Ton-up Root,” Feb. 6, Gulf Today).
Mayers' innings is the highest individual collection for West Indies in the fourth innings of a Test since Brian Lara stunned Australia with 153 runs in Bridgetown in 1999. "It's a great feeling to be playing Test cricket, and then going on to score 100, 200 and then to win the match," Mayers said.
Set a daunting 370-run target, South Africa finished the fourth day on 127-1 with Markram on 59 and Dussen unbeaten on 48. The tourists will need another 243 runs to level the series on Monday. Rizwan's masterclass helped Pakistan add 169 runs for the loss of four wickets in the day before being bowled out for 298.