Records of Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test series-May 2021

Another one-sided series which was a common feature of the last few months.

Here is a full record of Tests between these teams:

Zimbabwe has only won 3 of these Tests. But they have been significant, as the first win in 1994-95 was Zimbabwe’s first win (though they lost the series 2-1). The second in 1998-99 ensured Zimbabwe’s first series win abroad. And the third in 2013 was one of their rare drawn series against a major team.

Highlights of this series: Babar Azam won all 4 of his first 4 Tests as captain.

Abid Ali’s 215* is the highest for Pak v Zim in Zim, surpassing Younis Khan’s 200* in 2013. The Pak v Zim record is still Wasim Akram’s 257* in 1996 at Sheikhupura.

He also became the first to make a score of 215* in a Test. Several others have been dismissed on 215, most recently MA Agarwal and M Labuschagne.

Nauman Ali (97 and 5-86) came close to becoming the first to make a century +5wi for Pakistan against Zimbabwe. PA Strang had already done this for Zim v Pak in 1996. That was the same match in which Wasim Akram scored 257*.

Fawad Alam now has the most centuries (4) without a score between 50 and 99. The previous “record” was 3 centuries by Ravi Bopara. However, it should be mentioned that ED Weekes made 5 centuries before making his first fifty (that too in 5 successive innings), and GA Headley went a step ahead with 6 centuries before stooping to a fifty.

Pakistan-Zimbabwe ODIs: a quick look

The ODI series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe was won 2-0 by Pakistan with one tie. While the series appears as 2-0 in the general records, Zimbabwe’s win in the Super Over made it 2-1 for the purpose of the ICC World Cup Super League which will be the main input for qualification for the 2023 World Cup. See this: https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/_/id/19882/season/2020/icc-men’s-cricket-world-cup-super-league

These teams have played 62 ODIs. Pakistan have won 54, Zimbabwe 4, with 2 ties and 2 no-results.

In Pakistan, the contrast is even starker: Matches 22, Pakistan 19, Zimbabwe 1, 1 tie (2020) and 1 no-result.

Zimbabwe’s only win in Pakistan was in 1998: https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/15876/scorecard/64596/pakistan-vs-zimbabwe-2nd-odi-zimbabwe-tour-of-pakistan-1998-99

Zimbabwe also won the Test series in that tour.

Other ODI records for matches between these teams:

Most runs: 1033 by Mohammad Yousuf, 906 by GW Flower

Most wickets: 35 by HH Streak, 34 by Shahid Afridi

Most dismissals: 26 by Rashid Latif, 25 by A Flower and Moin Khan.