Unstoppable Fakhar sets new ODI record


Two days after becoming the first player from Pakistan to score a double century in a one-day worldwide, Zaman reached yet another milestone as he became the quickest player to reach 1,000 runs ODIs.Zaman broke the previous record of 21 innings held by Viv Richards, who reached the mark in his 18th innings.

The comprehensive win against Zimbabwe by a margin of 5-0 helped Pakistan surpassed its arch-rival India in the list of teams winning most 5-match ODI series by winning each match of it.

Fakhir Zaman touched this record in just 18 innings, breaking the Sir Viv Richard's record of 21 innings in 1980 and since equalled by Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Quinton de Kock and, most recently, Babar Azam.

Zaman's unbeaten 210 off 156 balls guided Pakistan to their highest ODI total of 399-1 after Pakistan won their first toss of the series and elected to bat overnight on Friday. At one point, it appeared as if Imam and Fakhar Zaman would repeat their triple century partnership heroics after making a similar start.

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Batsman Imam-ul-Haq excelled for Pakistan by becoming the first ever batsman in ODIs to score four centuries in 10 innings. He sits behind only Indian captain Virat Kohli, who scored 558 runs earlier this year against South Africa. Ul-Haq has made a knack of converting his half-centuries into hundreds in his short career so far and he lived up to that reputation as he brought up his fourth ODI century and second in succession in just 97 balls. He is now the first batsman to make four ODI centuries inside his first ten matches. His opening partner Imam-ul-Haq was also in the runs once again, the pair adding their fourth century stand of the series. This is the most by a Pakistani batsman in an ODI series.

The hosts were probably already out of the game once Pakistan put on 364 but they can take comfort from a much- improved batting performance.

Prince Masvaure (39) and Murray also got starts before both fell while going for big shots.