Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq march into the record books

Adjust Comment Print

Imam-ul-Haq smashed his third century of the series and Fakhar Zaman became the fastest batsman to complete 1,000 runs in ODIs as Pakistan swept Zimbabwe 5-0 with a 131-run win in the fifth one-day global on Sunday.

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe: Pakistan completed a series whitewash over Zimbabwe with a 131-run win on Sunday in the fifth and final match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

In the process though, he became the fastest batsman to reach 1000 runs in the format (18 innings), three fewer than the previous record which was held by five batsmen.

Kohli had reached the milestone in 24 innings.

Zaman and opening partner ul-Haq were in the runs once again, the pair adding their fourth century stand of the series.

When Zaman headed into the final match, he had played 17 innings in 2018 and had scored 980 runs.

More news: Israeli Tanks Fire on Hamas Post in Gaza After Infiltration
More news: Kawhi Leonard to Lakers twist following Raptors trade, Celtics open talks
More news: ‘No rush for speed’ in N. Korea’s denuclearization, sanctions still in place

India has six such five-match ODI series win followed by South Africa who won five series, West Indies, Australia and Sri Lanka with four 5-match series clean sweeps each.

Fakhar Zaman raises his bat after becoming the first Pakistan batsman to make a double century in ODI.

Sarfaraz took off the gloves to bowl the 48th and 50th overs of Zimbabwe's innings. Liam Roche broke the stand by dismissing Fakhar for 85 runs.

Imam-ul-Haq brings up his third of the series! Imam, a nephew of batting legend Inzamam, scored his 4th ODI century in 9 innings. Fakhar's compatriot Babar Azam was very close to breaking the all-time record last season but then had to settle with 21 innings and joined the elite list. While T20s, he has smashed 646 runs in 22 matches with 4 half centuries.

"We took each match one by one and the credit goes to the players as they were focused and didn't take Zimbabwe lightly", he said.

It was a series to remember for the Pakistan opening batsman. Skipper Hamilton Masakadza and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe put on a 66-run stand for the first wicket before Ryan Murray and Prince Masvaure added another 78 runs for the third wicket.