A 94-stand for the second wicket ensued between Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq before the former was dismissed one run short of a fifty by Hendricks.
Imam was ultimately dismissed for 86 and Pakistan suffered some late hiccups in their innings but an unbeaten 71 from Mohammad Hafeez saw the visitors notch up a five-wicket win with five deliveries to spare.
South Africa openers Hashim Amla and Reeza Hendricks’ 82-run stand for the first wicket was finally broken by Shadab Khan who had the latter (45) caught at midwicket. Amla though, continued to march on in the company of Dussen and brought up his 27th ton in the format in the penultimate over.
Amla’s ton and Dussen’s 93 helped the hosts post 266 although it was the second lowest ODI total in history by a team batting first which had lost only two wickets.
Earlier, Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat first in the first of the five-match ODI series.
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Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane will get a chance to stake a claim for a place in India’s ODI squad after they were picked in the India A side which will take on England Lions in a five-match one-day series.
Rahane has been designated as the India A skipper for the first three one-dayers while Pant has been included in the squad for the fourth and fifth match.
Rahane has not featured in India’s ODI setup ever since the tour of South Africa at the start of 2018 but has a chance to work himself into contention for the World Cup squad with his call up for India A.
Pant, meanwhile, has made a bright start to his Test career but has found opportunities hard to come by in the ODI setup with MS Dhoni still going strong. The youngster was not included in the ODI squads for the ongoing tours of Australia and New Zealand.
Along with Rahane, all-rounder Krunal Pandya too has been called up for the first three one-dayers against England Lions.
The five one-day matches will be held at Thiruvananthapuram with the first clash taking place on January 23. The final match of the series will be held on January 31 before the action moves on to two unofficial Tests between the two sides at Wayanad.
India A squad for first three one-dayers
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Anmolpreet Singh, Rituraj Gaekwad, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, Ishan Kishan (wk), Krunal Pandya, Axar Patel, Mayank Markande, Jayant Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
India A squad for fourth and fifth one-dayers
Ankit Bawne (c), Rituraj Gaekwad, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Siddhesh Lad, Himmat Singh, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur
Batting first, the hosts got off a good start with opener Hashim Amla (108 not out) and Reeza Hendricks (45) adding 82 in 18 overs. Thereafter, debutant Rassie van der Dussen made a fine 93 and added 155 with Amla.
But despite the fine knocks and wickets in hand, South Africa only managed a score of 266-2 in their 50 overs on Saturday.
It was the second lowest total in the history of 50-over ODIs for a team batting first that had lost only two wickets.
Pakistan, interestingly, hold the record for the lowest first innings total after losing just two wickets in the entire innings. In the 1992 World Cup in Australia, Pakistan laboured to 220-2 against a strong West Indies team and easily lost the match by 10 wickets.
In the Port Elizabeth ODI, South Africa looked well-placed to post a total of close to 300 after being 200-1 in the 42nd over. But excellent death bowling from Pakistan – led by Hasan Ali (1-42) and Shadab Khan (1-41) – restricted South Africa’s scoring opportunities.
After crossing 200, the Proteas hit just six boundaries in the last eight overs, which is also great credit to Pakistan’s bowlers.