Fakhar Zaman became the fastest to 1000 runs in ODI cricket. The Pakistani batsman went past Sir Vivian Richards some margin. Zaman brought up the feat in 18 innings, compared to 21 innings apiece by Sir Vivian Richards, Kevin Pietersen. Indian captain Virat Kohli had brought up his 1000 ODI runs in 24 innings. And another world record for Fakhar Zaman – he’s broken the record for most runs ever by a batsman in a 5-match ODI series.
Zaman has been in red-hot form this year in ODI cricket. He also became the first Pakistani batsman to score a double-century. He did that in the 4th ODI against Zimbabwe.
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Earlier in the 4th ODI, Zaman scored an unbeaten 210 to power the green shirts to their highest-ever total of 399/1 in ODIs. So, he is no stranger to records. The left-handed batsman, along with Imam-ul-Haq also smashed the record for the highest opening partnership in ODIs. Zaman and Haq (113) 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. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have broken the world record for most runs by a batting partnership in a ODI series. Previous best was by Imran Farhat and Yasir Hameed against New Zealand in 2003/2004.
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Zaman required 20 runs to get to the feat coming into the last ODI. Pakistan meanwhile would be hoping to whitewash Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first. The inform openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq opened the batting. As we speak, Pakistan is 47 in the 9th overs for no loss. With Zimbabwe down and out, they will look to play for pride at Bulawayo.
Earlier, Pakistan also won the Twenty20 tri-series featuring Australia. Even in that tournament, Fakhar bagged the Man of the Series for his great run.