Fakhar’s double ton helps Pakistan set 400 runs target for Zimbabwe

Fakhar's double ton helps Pakistan set 400 runs target for Zimbabwe

BULAWAYO: Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq’s opening partnership of 304 helped Pakistan post a record-breaking total of 399 against Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI on Friday.
This was was the highest opening partnership in ODI history beating 286 between Sri Lanka’s Jayasuriya and Tharanga against England in Leeds in 2006.
Opener Fakhar Zaman became Pakistan’s first double centurion in one-day international cricket, achieving the accolade during ODI. Fakhar Zaman scored 210 runs to become first Pakistani batsman to clinch Double Century in ODI cricket.
With this feat, he also became the country’s highest scorer in any ODI, surpassing Saeed Anwar’s 21-year old record of 194.
Fakhar Zaman became the sixth international batsman and the first Pakistani player to score a double hundred, when he smashed 210 off just 156 deliveries against Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI at Bulawayo. Zaman joined an elite list of players – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill – as the only players with double-hundreds in ODIs. Sharma still remains the only player with multiple double-centuries (3).
Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman put on a 304-run opening stand on a flat wicket, which is also a record for highest opening partnership in ODIs. Zaman completed his ton off 92 balls and then stepped on the accelerator, reaching the 150 mark off just 115 deliveries. He smashed 24 boundaries and five sixes in the innings.
Pakistan have dominated the ODI series, bowling Zimbabwe out for 67 on Wednesday to go 3-0 up. With the series secured, Pakistan had the opportunity to experiment with their playing XI, but opted to go unchanged into the fourth match.
Earlier, Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in the third match enabling Pakistan to win the five-match ODI series.
As far pitch condition it was not expected to be significantly different to those where the first three games were played. The weather conditions in Bulawayo are expected to be just as cold as were during the third game.
Pakistan are setting sight on clean sweeping the five-match ODI series as Green Shirts have already won three games. Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat first with no major change on the team.
Zimbabwe (possible): 1 Brian Chari/Prince Masvaure, 2 Chamu Chibhabha, 3 Hamilton Masakadza (capt), 4 Tarisai Musakanda, 5 Ryan Murray (wk), 6 Peter Moor, 7 Donald Tiripano, 8 Liam Roche/Tendai Chisoro, 9 Wellington Masakadza, 10 Tendai Chatara, 11 Blessing Muzarbani
Pakistan (possible): 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Asif Ali, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Yasir Shah, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Usman Khan


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