If there was any Pakistani mental scarring from the Test series, not much of it showed.
The conditions were obviously more favourable for the visitors and openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman were full of confidence in their start taking Kagiso Rabada for 15 in his second over and got their team off to a flyer.
With first choices Lungi Ngidi (injured) and Dale Steyn (rested) not playing, it was a good time for South Africa to test their seam bowling reserves for the World Cup.
The Proteas used another debutant Duanne Olivier and both all-rounders Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo.
Olivier, who tormented Pakistan in the Test series, impressed at times but also strayed on the short side although he did get the wickets of Imam-ul-Haq and Zaman for 25.
Imam-ul-Haq faced 101 deliveries and struck five fours and two sixes while Babar Azam’s handy 49 came off 79 balls.