Fakhar and Imam smash records in Bulawayo

Pakistan openers' historic stand

Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq added 304 runs for the first wicket in the fourth ODI in Bulawayo. This is the highest ever opening stand in ODIs, going past the 286 runs added by Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga against England in 2006. This is also the highest partnership for any wicket for Pakistan, superseding the 263 runs added by Inzamam-ul-Haq and Aamer Sohail against New Zealand, in 1994.

Fakhar and Imam became only the fourth pair across teams to add 300 runs for any wicket in ODIs. They also struck their third individual ODI centuries each, making it only the seventh instance of both openers scoring centuries for Pakistan. The 323 combined runs scored by the two openers is the second most ever in ODIs and 90 runs more than Pakistan's previous record.

 Fakhar breaks a 21-year-old Pakistan record

Fakhar became the first Pakistan player to score a double-century in ODIs and the sixth overall. The previous highest score for Pakistan was Saeed Anwar's 194, against India in 1997. Fakhar now has 980 runs from just 17 innings in ODIs and averages 75.38. Five players have reached 1000 runs in ODIs from 21 innings and Fakhar needs just 20 runs from the next three innings to become the first to do it in 20 innings. Fakhar 's innings consisted of 24 fours and five sixes which is the most for Pakistan.

 A record team score for Pakistan

Pakistan's total of 399 is their highest team score in ODIs, going past the 385 runs they scored against Bangladesh in June 2010. This is only the fifth instance of any team putting together a total in excess of 300 while losing only one wicket. Sri Lanka have achieved this feat thrice earlier but Pakistan's score is the highest for any team going past the 362 for 1 made by India against Australia in 2013.

 Quickest to make double ton in ODIs

17 Innings taken by Fakhar Zaman to reach his maiden double hundred - the quickest by any player. Of the five other players to score ODI double hundreds, the fewest number of innings taken was 103 each by Rohit Sharma (in 2013) and Martin Guptill (in 2015).

 Imam – the century making machine

Eight innings taken by Imam-ul-Haq to reach his third ODI century - the fewest by any player in the history of ODI cricket. He scored a hundred on his debut against Sri Lanka last October and scored his second one in the first ODI of the ongoing series in Bulawayo. The fewest innings taken by any player to reach three ODI hundreds was nine each by Denis Amiss and Kevin Pietersen.

 Asif’s hard hitting

Asif Ali took 22 balls to reach his maiden ODI fifty. It is the joint fastest for Pakistan by any player apart Shahid Afridi in ODIs. Abdul Razzaq (vs England, Karachi, 2005) and Mohammad Amir (vs England, Trent Bridge, 2016) have also scored fifties off 22 balls each. For the record, Afridi has scored nine fifties in 22 or fewer balls in ODIs - the most by any player.


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