Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Fakhar eyes another record as Pakistan play Zimbabwe in fifth ODI

Fakhar eyes another record as Pakistan play Zimbabwe in fifth ODI

Fakhar Zaman broke the record for the most number of runs for Pakistan in a bilateral one-day global series when he scored 85 against Zimbabwe in the fifth ODI in Bulawayo.

Pakistan will be playing to complete a series whitewash as they take on Zimbabwe in the fifth one-day worldwide at Bulawayo on Sunday.

The previous record was jointly held by Vivian Richards, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Quinton de Kock and Babar Azam who all reached the milestone in 21 innings.

There were a multitude of records broken by the Fakhar Zaman and Pakistan during his 210-run innings in the fourth ODI and that trend continued on Sunday.

The records keep tumbling for Fakhar Zaman.

Hosts Zimbabwe's misery ran along with the time as Pakistan ended the five match series with a complete white wash.

The innings also propelled Pakistan to their highest ever ODI total of 399/1, according report from the International Cricket Council (ICC) website. With 515 runs in this series, he is second to Virat Kohli in the list of scoring most runs in a bilateral series. In the series, he has already scored two centuries and a half-century with a match remaining on Sunday.

While he missed out on what would have been his third hundred of the series, he set a string of records.

While Fakhar's batting exploits have been the talk of the series and rightly so, it is easy to forget that his opening partner has had a stellar time as well.

It was Imam's third ton of the series and fourth overall in just nine ODI innings. He is now the first batsman to make four ODI centuries inside his first ten matches.

They also scored 4-century partnerships in the series, jointly the most by a batting pair. Imam and Babar then scored centuries to help Pakistan put up 364 for 4. But Prince Masvaure and Ryan Murray adopted a similar approach as they were content on batting out the overs, finding the odd boundary whenever a loose delivery was bowled.

Pakistan went on to win the game by 131 runs as they whitewashed Zimbabwe 5-0.

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