A swashbuckling innings of 68 not out off just 34 balls from JP Duminy steered South Africa to a tense seven-wicket win over India in the first T20I in Dharamsala on Friday.
Legspinner Yasir Shah took six wickets to help Pakistan to a comfortable 131-run victory against hosts Zimbabwe in the first of three ODIs in Harare on Thursday.
It's not often South Africa go into a series, no matter the format, as underdogs, but the T20 series against India could well be their downfall, considering recent and historical form.
Visitors Pakistan completed a clean sweep in the two-match T20 series against Zimbabwe when they beat the hosts by 15 runs in the second match in Harare on Tuesday.
Quickfire cameos from former captain Shoaib Malik and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan - and a telling four-wicket haul from spinner Imad Wasim - carried Pakistan to a key 13-run victory over Zimbabwe in Sunday's first Twenty20 International at the Harare Sports Club.