Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq on Friday created history by sharing a record opening partnership during the fourth ODI of the five-match series against Zimbabwe. The duo shared 304 runs for the opening wicket and broke the previous record of 286 runs made by Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya at Leeds in July 2006.
Number three on the list of highest opening partnership in ODIs is 284 (David Warner and Travis Head), followed by 282* (Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla) and 282 (Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan).
Imam, who smashed eight boundaries in his 122-ball knock, lost his wicket at his individual score of 113 of the bowling of Wellington Masakadza. During the course of the inning, Zaman also broke the highest score by a Pakistani batsman in ODI. He surpassed 194 made by Saeed Anwar against India in 1997. He also became the first Pakistani batsman to score 200 in ODIs.
During the process, Zaman and Haq also broke the record of Pakistan’s highest partnership in ODI cricket for any wicket. The pair surpassed the previous record of 263 runs, set by Aamir Sohail and Inzamam-ul-Haq against New Zealand in 1994.
Pakistan have already taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series and looking to continue their dominance against the minnows.