The Babar Azam-led side had scored 272 in the first innings.
Kohli scored two half-centuries in the three-match ODI series against Australia which India lost 1-2 last year in December.
Announcement from team doctor Sohail Saleem came just hours after captain Mohammad Rizwan said Azam had batted well in the nets but wanted more practice time
While Babar has fractured his right thumb, Imam has injured his left thumb during training sessions in Queenstown last week
Babar, who has been Pakistan's top run-scorer across all three formats since last year, suffered a fracture in his thumb during a throw-down session in Queenstown on December 12 which ruled him out of the three-match T20 series.
"It looks to be a very good pitch and we want to get a good score on the board," said stand-in captain Shadab Khan.
Speaking on who is the best cricketer between the two, South African cricketer Faf du Plessis, who is in Pakistan participating in the Pakistan Super League, said, I do see similarity between Kohli and Babar.
Babar Azam has 837 points, 18 less than Rohit, who is in the second position. Babar has gained valuable rating points to move closer to leading Indian pair of Kohli and Rohit.
The actual match finished in a tie after Pakistan skipper Babar Azam hit the final delivery of the 50th over from Richard Ngarava for a boundary to level the scores at 278
Eoin Morgan, the England captain, came in on a hat-trick but hit a dashing 66 and shared a third-wicket stand of 112 with Dawid Malan (54 not out) as the hosts chased down a stiff target of 196
This is the first time in the last ten years that England has managed to win a Test series against Pakistan
At Stumps, Pakistan were all out for 273, with Ali not out on 141 from 272 balls, his patient knock laced with 21 fours
No play was possible in the second session as groundstaff concluded it would take 2.5-3 hours to get the pitch ready and longer to mop up the outfield
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