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Pakistan Tour of South Africa & Zimbabwe 2021 Series Review: Fakhar-Hasan-Nortje-Markram-Rizwan-Babar-Jongwe-Muzarabani The Stars

Pakistan tour of Africa 2021 Series Review!

Pakistan recently played in South Africa (3 ODIs, 4 T20Is) and Zimbabwe (3 T20Is, 2 Tests). The South Africa series, in particular was memorable, with most games going down the wire.

Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Hasan Ali highlighted the tour for Pakistan, while Anrich Nortje, Janneman Malan, and Aiden Markram came to the fore for the Proteas. While the Zimbabwe were criticized for their Test match display, they were pretty good in the T20s, with Luke Jongwe & Blessing Muzarabani emerging as Zimbabwe’s stars.

Also Read: Pakistan host South Africa 2021 Series Review, The Case for Pakistan Players in the IPL, South Africa Cricketers Who Play for Other Countries

Pakistan Tour of Africa 2021 – The Results

South Africa-Pakistan ODI Series: Pakistan won 2-1

* Player of Match

  1. Pakistan won by 3 wickets *Babar Azam
  2. South Africa won by 17 runs *Fakhar Zaman
  3. Pakistan won by 28 runs *Babar Azam
Player of SeriesSouth Africa Pakistan
Fakhar Zaman
Most RunsRassie van der Dussen – 183 runs
(best of 123*, 183.00 average, 107.01 average, 100s-1, 50s-1)
Fakhar Zaman – 302 runs
(best of 193, 100.66 average, 111.43 SR, 100s-2)
Most WicketsAnrich Nortje – 7 wickets
(best of 4/51, 16.28 average, 5.70 economy)
Haris Rauf – 7 wickets
(best of 3/54, 24.42 average, 5.89 economy)
Pakistan Vs South Africa 2021 ODI Series Stats

South Africa-Pakistan T20I Series: Pakistan Won 3-1

  1. Pakistan won by 4 wickets *Mohammad Rizwan
  2. South Africa won by 6 wickets *George Linde
  3. Pakistan won by 9 wickets *Babar Azam
  4. Pakistan won by 3 wickets *Faheem Ashraf
P*layer of SeriesSouth Africa Pakistan
Babar Azam
Most RunsAiden Markram – 179 runs
(best of 63, average 44.75, 182.65 SR, 50s-3)
Babar Azam – 210 runs
(best of 122, 52.50 average, 143.83 SR, 100s-1, 50s-1)
Most WicketsLizaad Williams – 7 wickets
(best of 3/35, 21.00 average, 9.38 economy)
Hasan Ali – 7 wickets
(best of 3/40, 18.71 average, 9.35 economy)
Pakistan Vs South Africa 2021 T20I Series Stats

Zimbabwe-Pakistan T20I Series: Pakistan Won 2-1

  1. Pakistan won by 11 runs *Mohammad Rizwan
  2. Zimbabwe won by 19 runs *Luke Jongwe
  3. Pakistan won by 24 runs *Hasan Ali
Player of SeriesZimbabwePakistan
Mohammad Rizwan
Most RunsWesley Madhevere – 89 runs
(best of 59, 29.66 average, 127.14 SR, 50s-1)
Mohammad Rizwan – 186 runs
(best of 91*, 186.00 average, 133.81 SR, 50s-2)
Most WicketsLuke Jongwe – 9 wickets
(best of 4/18, 8.77 average, 7.29 economy)
Mohammad Hasnain – 5 wickets
(best of 2/19, 14.40 average, 6.00 economy)
Pakistan Vs Zimbabwe 2021 T20I Series Stats

Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test Series: Pakistan Won 2-0

  1. Pakistan won by an innings and 118 runs *Hasan Ali
  2. Pakistan won by an innings and 147 runs *Abid Ali
Player of Series Zimbabwe Pakistan
Hasan Ali
Most Runs Regis Chakabva – 146 runs
(best of 80, 48.66 average, 50s-1)
Abid Ali – 275 runs
(best of 215*, 275.00 average, 100s-1, 50s-1)
Most Wickets Blessing Muzarabani – 7 wickets
(best innings – 4/73, best match – 4/73, 22.14 average)
Hasan Ali – 14 wickets
(best innings – 5/27, best match – 9/89, 8.92 average)
Pakistan Vs Zimbabwe 2021 Test Series Stats

The Moments

Pakistan had several memorable moments, while South Africa and Zimbabwe have some points to cheer about as well.

South Africa – Rising Young Team But Still Has Gaps To Fill

  • Pressure situations reveal the class of a player. Although Anrich Nortje only played 2 ODIs prior to IPL departure, his 4/51 & 3/53 in the middle overs gave Proteas hope. It was his 4 wickets in the 2nd ODI that stopped Pakistan from chasing the mammoth 342 score. Fakhar Zaman was left playing a lone hand as Nortje took out his partners. His wickets in the series? Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Imam-ul-Haq among others.
  • Rassie van der Dussen – nominee for South Africa’s T20I, ODI, and cricketer of the year award, he has taken responsibility on his own shoulder. South Africa were reeling at 4-55 in the first ODI before Rassie’s maiden century – 123* rescued South Africa to 273, a winning total in the end. Couple of other handy fifties on the tour as well.
  • The new look order does the job – ODI captain Temba Bavuma’s 92, Klassen’s 50 & 36*, Aiden Markram with 3 consecutive T20I fifties (51,54, 63) are positives. Couple of fifties for David Miller & Quinton de Kock with a 80 well.
  • Find of the tournament for me was Janneman Malan. Superb timing. 70 (81) in the ODIs and 24 (16), 15(10), 55(40), 33 (28) in the T20Is provided South Africa the starts. QDK-Malan-Markram is exactly what SA need to drive forward.
  • Will he? Won’t he? Well he has finally decided. AB De Villiers retires. For real this time.

Pakistan – The Alis Rise to the Occasion (Abid, Azhar, Nauman, Hasan)

Pakistan Top Order a Class Apart in Limited Overs

  • We are living in the Babar Azam era. Except for the Zimbabwe series, Babar is having a good time, both with the bat and as a captain. Babar Azam overtook Virat Kohli’s reign at the top of the ICC ODI rankings. #10 in Tests and #3 on the T20I as well. Just the eighth captain in all of Test cricket to win four Test matches on a trot. Only Pakistani on that list.
  • Mohammad Rizwan continues on his merry way. 74*, 0, 73*, 0, 82*, 13, 91*. These are T20I numbers. Amazing stuff. I do not really mind the ducks if you can play 4 match-winning knocks in 2 series. Rizwan has been Pakistan’s hero for the past year, performing in overseas conditions consistently.
  • Just like Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman has yet to scale the heights of his 2017-2018 season. With Babar & Rizwan already in red hot form, Fakhar slotting as an opener was questionable. He repaid the selectors’ faith in style. Chasing 342 in the 2nd ODI, Fakhar Zaman scored possibly the best ODI knock in a losing cause—193 (155) (with 10 sixes), only to be run-out due to QDK’s guile. Until the 99th over of the match, it was anyone’s game. Followed this epic with a 101 in the very next game and 60 in a T20I.

Age is just a number

  • Abid Ali (33), Nauman Ali (34), Fawad Alam (35), Azhar Ali (36), and Tabish Khan (36) all came to the party in the Zimbabwe Test series.
  • Azhar Ali (126) and Abid Ali (215) combined for a magnificent 236-run partnership in the 2nd Test, batting Zimbabwe out of the match.
  • Fawad Alam is making each and every series count. Since his return, he has made a century in New Zealand (102), South Africa (109), and Zimbabwe (140). He has converted all of his four 50+ scores into centuries. Brilliant stuff.
  • Tabish Khan became the second oldest debutant for Pakistan. After toiling in domestic cricket for 19 years and after 598 wickets, Tabish finally received the international cap at the age of 36. Wicket in the first over as well.

The Test Bowling Unit Makes a Mark

  • Shaheen Shah Afridi, Nauman Ali, and Hasan Ali each took five-fors in the Zimbabwe Test Series.
  • Nauman, the left-arm orthodox, ended with figures of 5-86 to end Zimbabwe’s resistance in the final innings of the 2nd Test. Handy 97 (143) as well as a #9 batsman, combining for a 169-run partnership with Abid Ali.
  • Find of the victorious 2017 Champions Trophy campaign, Hasan Ali had a slight blip in his rising career. After a couple of years on the sideline and fighting back with a strong domestic performance, the energizer is back! Hasan Ali has been a revelation on his comeback – Most wickets for Pakistan in the SA T20I series and the Zimbabwe Test series. Truly deserved the Player of the Series award in the Zimbabwe series (4/53, 5/36, 5/27).
  • Take Shaheen lightly at your own peril. Opening bowler, death bowler, can do everything. 6 wickets in the SA ODIs and 3 in the T20Is, and figures of 4/43 & 5/52 versus Zimbabwe.

Imran Butt caught the attention of many as well. His 91 (236) set the tone in the Zimbabwe Test series. Five catches in the slips a pretty good job done as well.

Zimbabwe – Injuries, Memorable T20I Win, Humiliating Test Loss

  • Blessing Muzarabani has the height, pace, and bounce. At 24, he is one of Zimbabwe’s future stars. In a one-sided Test series, his 4/73 and 3/82 was quite a highlight. Babar Azam – 0(1) & 2 (8), Fawad Alam (140) , Azhar Ali (126) among his seven scalps.
  • Luke Jongwe was Zimbabwe’s hero in the 2nd T20I. Pakistan lost their way on a 119-run chase, bowled-out for 99. Jongwe’s figures? 3.5-0-18-4. 30* & 2/24 in the first T20I and 3/37 in the final match sums up a great series for Jongwe.
  • Sikander Raza was diagnosed of a bone-marrow infection operation (initially a cancer scare) and underwent a surgery. Raza was dearly missed with Brendan Taylor out of form and injury-list of Kyle Jarvis (COVID-19, malaria, tick bite fever), Sean Williams (sick), Craig Ervine (calf injury), Prince Masvaure, Wesley Madhevere,, & Tendai Chatara.

Ryan Burl Makes The Headlines

1. Ryan Burl exposes disparity between top nations and less-funded teams.

2. After social media outrage, Burl found a sponsor.

Squad Predictions for T20I World Cup

With 23-men squad for the T20I world possible now, here are my early squad predictions. Based on this Pakistan tour of Africa 2021, here is our early predictions:

South Africa

South Africa just released their squads for the tour of West Indies, which gives us some new hints.

  1. Quinton de Kock (WK), 2. Janneman Malan, 3. Faf du Plessis, 4. Rassie Van der Dussen, 5. Temba Bavuma*, 6. David Miller, 7. George Linde, 8. Chris Morris, 9. Kagiso Rabada, 10. Anrich Nortje, 11. Tabraiz Shamsi

Squad: 12. Heinrich Klassen, 13. Aiden Markram, 14. Andile Phelukwayo, 15. JJ Smuts, 146 Dwaine Pretorius, 17. Lungi Ngidi, 18. Bjorn Fortuin, 19. Lizaad Williams, 20. Kyle Verreynne, 21. Sisanda Magala, 22. Reeza Hendricks, 23. Keshav Maharaj

Wildcards: AB De Villiers (WK), Imran Tahir, Marco Jansen, Lutho Sipamla, Junior Dala, Pete van Biljon



For reference, here was our earlier WT20 watch for Pakistan’s squad in our Pak Vs NZ and the Pakistan leg of the Pak-SA series.. Some new faces have come into play, while some players have dropped off the list.

  1. Babar Azam (C), 2. Mohammad Rizwan (WK), 3. Fakhar Zaman, 4. Haider Ali, 5. Mohammad Hafeez, 6. Shadab Khan, 7. Faheem Ashraf, 8. Hasan Ali, 9. Haris Rauf, 10. Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11. Usman Qadir

Squad: 12. Imad Wasim, 13. Mohammad Hasnain, 14. Mohammad Nawaz, 15. Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK), 16. Sharjeel Khan, 17. Naseem Shah, 18. Imam-ul-Haq, 19. Danish Aziz, 20. Arshad Iqbal, 21. Zahid Mahmood, 22. Khusdil Shah/Hussain Talat/Asif Ali (lower order finisher), 23. Iftikhar Ahmed/Shoaib Malik

Wildcard: Sohail Tanvir, Zafar Gohar, Mohammad Wasim, Mohammad Musa/Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir (rumors has it he applied for UK passport in order to be available for the IPL)

Since Zimbabwe did not qualify for the 2021 T20 World Cup, we will not be looking into their squads.


South AfricaPakistanZimbabwe
Emerging PlayerJanneman MalanImran ButtLuke Jongwe
Surprise PackageAiden MarkramReturns of Fakhar Zaman & Hasan AliRegis Chakabva
Broken Cricket DreamAB De Villiers Retires. Like ActuallyMohammad Amir applies for British citizenshipBrendon Taylor’s form
Short Test Matches
Sikander Raza
Pakistan tour of Africa 2021 – The Awards

Where Do They Go From Here?

Lots of cricket action coming up!

  • South Africa head to the Caribbean for 2 Tests & 5 T20Is against the West Indies in June.
  • Pakistan tour England for 3 ODIs & 3 T20Is in July, followed by 5 T20Is & 2 Tests against the West Indies. There is a Pakistan Super League resumption in the UAE somewhere in the middle as well (if it gets finalized).
  • Zimbabwe travels to Ireland for a mega tour – 3 ODIs & 5 T20Is.

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Copyright (2021: 5/21/2021)– @Nitesh Mathur, aka Nit-X –

Pakistan Vs South Africa 2021 Series Review: Pakistan Successfully Host Complete Series As South Africa Fail To Make a Mark

Pakistan Vs South Africa 2021 Series Review—a historical series. South Africa’s first visit to the nation after more than a decade.

The return of Aiden Markram and Hasan Ali, the absence of Mohammad Hafeez, lots of Mohammad Rizwan, and curtains to Faf Du Plessis’ Test career. We look at the highs & lows, broken dreams, emerging players, and World T20I Watch.

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*Note: Underlined & Bolded links are videos. Underlined without bold are links to other articles.

Results – Pakistan Vs South Africa

Test Series: Pakistan Win 2 – 0

* Player of Match

  1. Pakistan won by 7 wicketsFawad Alam*
  2. Pakistan won by 95 runsHasan Ali*
Player of SeriesPakistan
Mohammad Rizwan
166 runs, 100s – 1, best of 116*, 83.00 average, 1 catch
South Africa
Most RunsFaheem Ashraf – 171 runs
(50s – 2, best of 78*, 85.5 average)
Aiden Markram – 227 runs
(100s – 1, 50s – 1, best of 108, 56.75 average)
Most WicketsHasan Ali – 12 wickets
(best of 5/54 & 10/114 match)
Keshav Maharaj – 10 wickets
(best of 3/90 & 6/208 match)
T20I Series Stats

T20I Series: Pakistan Win 2 – 1

  1. Pakistan won by 3 runs Mohammad Rizwan*
  2. South Africa won by 6 wicketsDwaine Pretorius*
  3. Pakistan won by 4 wicketsMohammad Nawaz*
Player of SeriesPakistan
Mohammad Rizwan
(6 catches)
South Africa
Most RunsMohammad Rizwan – 197 runs
(1 – 100, 1 – 50, best of 104*, average 98.5, 145.92 SR)
David Miller – 116 runs
(1 – 50, best of 85*, average 116, 156.75 SR)
Most WicketsUsman Qadir – 4 wickets
(best of 2/21, 6.90 economy)
Tabraiz Shamsi – 6 wickets
(best of 4/25, 5.08 economy)
T20I Series Stats

The Highlights



  • The energizer is back with Pakistan. Hasan Ali’s domestic resurgence has translated directly into international performances. 5/54 & 5/60 match winning 10-fer. Skiddy action, the passion, and the celebration.
  • In the last 5 first class matches, Fawad Alam has scores of 139 (vs NZ A), 102, 109, 45. Consistency and the 109 at home. Destined.
  • It is the season of Faheem Ashraf-Mohammad Rizwan partnership. After a streak of match-saving consecutive overseas 50s for Rizwan, he finally converted to a ton with 115* in Rawalpandi. Similarly, following his 91 in New Zealand, Ashraf followed up with 64 and 78* in Pakistan.


  • Rizwan strikes again. Followed up his Test century with a 104*, 51, and 42 in the T20Is. Brilliant. Just brilliant. And if you thought that was consistent enough, now has scores of 71 and 41 for Karachi Kings in the PSL.
  • Usman Qadir – Like father like son. Wonderful spell in the first T20I. Brilliant in his own right, he is here to stay in international cricket.
  • Let us talk about the ones missing in action (at least offline), shall we? Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfaraz Ahmed. The best Pakistan T20I batsman over the past year, Mohammad Hafeez opted out of the international series due to T10 league & clashes with the quarantine dates for the South Africa series. Yet, he was active on Twitter and had a few exchanges with former captain and current substitute, Sarfaraz. Hopefully, it is just a one-time thing and Pakistan cricket can move on.

Also Read: Umar Gul – The Magician With the Yorker

South Africa


  • It seems that Aiden Markram debuted ages ago. After his brilliant start to Test cricket in 2017, it seemed that Markram was in an eternal downward spiral. Still only 26, this overseas tour of Pakistan may well be a watershed rejuvenation moment for Markram. Long career ahead.
  • When one door opens, another closes. While Markram excelled, Quinton de Kock had a horrific series with the bat. 4 innings – 46 runs. Now, he is also released as the Test captain and has taken a mental health break from South Africa’s domestic tournament.
  • Speaking of closed doors, Faf Du Plessis. The sun has finally set on a career marked with tenacity, grit, leadership, and hope. A Test career that started a bit late due to the great South African generation, a debut stonewalling to remember at Adelaide, a few blockathons here and there, a lot of Australia and India, captaincy records, and an iconic 199 to cap it off. Hats off Faf. Be sure to read our tribute to Faf below.

Also Read: Faf Du Plessis & ABD De Villiers – Friendship and the Quest of the World Cup

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  • KILLER MILLER IS BACK!!!! Look at some of the hits here. 85* (45) with 7 sixes albeit in a losing cause. Almost half a decade since this type of innings. Good signs for the Proteas looking forward to the T20I World Cup.
  • Moving to the bowling side, Dwaine Pretorius slowly inking his name in the T20I XI. A 5 wicket haul including a brilliant yorker. Scalps of Babar Azam and in-form Mohammad Rizwan. Not bad.
  • Tabraiz Shamsi has been the unsung mainstay of South African bowling recently. The fast bowling unit bar Rabada (and now, Nortje) seems to be a revolving door, but the absence of Imran Tahir has not been felt due to Shamsi. Highest wicket taker in the T20I series with a miserly economy.

The Awards

We like to spice things up with our own awards for the series. Here they are:

PakistanSouth Africa
Emerging PlayerHasan Ali 2.0, Fawad Alam 3.0, and Rizwan-Ashraf partnershipLeft Arm Spinners
Surprise PackageUsman QadirReturn of Aiden Markram
Broken Cricket DreamMohammad Hafeez-Sarfaraz Ahmed Twitter Exchanges Test retirement of Faf Du Plessis
Pakistan Vs South Africa 2021 Review: The Awards

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Where Do They Go From Here?

These two teams will be back in action in April with Pakistan returning the favor with 3 ODIs and 4 T20Is, completing a postponed series from last year.

South Africa are still in a transition zone. The longer they stay here, the worse it gets. It is good to see the younger generation of players stand up, but hope it all meshes by the time the World T20 Cup hits later this year.

Pakistan are one to watch for the T20 World Cup. The PSL is being held at the right time, enough time for young stars to appear and get some international games under their belt.

World T20 Watch

Leading up to the World Cup, we are picking a 15 player squad after each series.


For reference, here was our earlier WT20 watch for Pakistan’s squad in our Pak Vs NZ series review. Some new faces have come into play, while some players have dropped off the list.

  1. Babar Azam (C), 2. Mohammad Rizwan (WK), 3. Haider Ali, 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Shadab Khan, 6.. Imad Wasim, 7. Faheem Ashraf, 8. Hasan Ali, 9. Haris Rauf, 10. Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11. Usman Qadir

Squad: 12. Naseem Shah, 13. Mohammad Nawaz/Zafar Gohar/Zahid Mahmood, 14. Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK)/Sharjeel Khan, 15. Iftikhar Ahmed/Shoaib Malik

Other Reserves in Contention: Imam-Ul-Haq/Fakhar Zaman (opener), Mohammad Hasnain/Mohammad Musa/Aamer Yamin (fast bowler), Khusdil Shah/Hussain Talat/Asif Ali (lower order finisher)

Wildcard: Sohail Tanvir

Probably curtains for Wahab Riaz & possible Mohammad Amir comeback.

South Africa

  1. Quinton de Kock* (WK), 2. Janneman Malan, 3. Faf du Plessis, 4. Rassie Van der Dussen, 5. Heinrich Klassen (C), 6. David Miller, 7. George Linde, 8. Chris Morris, 9. Kagiso Rabada, 10. Anrich Nortje, 11. Tabraiz Shamsi

Squad: 12. Andile Phelukwayo, 13. JJ Smuts, 14. Dwaine Pretorius, 15. Lungi Ngidi

Other Reserves In Contention: Lutho Sipamla/Bjorn Fortuin/Junior Dala, Pete van Biljon, Temba Bavuma/ Reeza Hendricks/Aiden Markram

Wildcard: AB De Villiers (WK), Marco Jansen?

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