Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque won the toss and opted to bowl first in the first Test of the two-match series against South Africa in Durban.
Tamim Iqbal is missing this match due to stomach problem, team physio Bayezedul Islam has said.
Ahead of this series, Bangladesh and South Africa played 12 Tests against each other. Bangladesh failed to win any of those games.
Bangladesh are charged up with their recent ODI series win against South Africa. Taskin Ahmed did tremendously well in that series. The right-arm pacer is expected to lead the Bangladesh pace battery in the Test series as well.
Bangladesh are going to miss the service of Shakib Al Hasan. The allrounder returned home after the ODI series in South Africa to stay with the ailing members of his family.
While Bangladesh are without Shakib, South Africa are without some of their key players who preferred IPL over the Test series against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Shadman Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mominul Haque (c), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (w), Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain
South Africa (Playing XI): Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Temba Bavuma, Ryan Rickelton, Kyle Verreynne (w), Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Simon Harmer, Lizaad Williams, Duanne Olivier