Fakhar Zaman hits double century as Pakistan set Zimbabwe 400 target

12:25 PM | 20 Jul, 2018
Fakhar Zaman hits double century as Pakistan set Zimbabwe 400 target
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BULAWAYO - Pakistan on Friday set the record-breaking total of 399 against Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI on Friday.

Opener Fakhar Zaman scored 210 runs while Imam-ul-Haq smashed 113. The opening pair also set the highest opening partnership of 304 runs in ODI history beating 286 between Sri Lanka's Jayasuriya and Tharanga against England in Leeds in 2006.

Fakhar Zaman became Pakistan’s first double centurion in one-day international cricket, achieving the accolade during ODI.

With this feat, he also became the country’s highest scorer in any ODI, surpassing Saeed Anwar’s 21-year old record of 194.

The 28-year old left-handed batsman, who rose to global fame with a match-winning ton in Champions Trophy 2017 final against India, is the sixth batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs.

Earlier, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to bat.

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.

There were two changes for the Zimbabweans, with Chamu Chibhabha and Prince Masvaure swapped for seamer Donald Tiripano and top order batsman Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, who will be making his international debut.

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Faheem Ashraf took a career-best five for 22 as Pakistan dominated the hosts for just 67,  the home side's lowest ever score against Pakistan, and the lowest ever recorded in 78 ODIs at Queens Sports Club.

The Green Shirts then chased down the target in under 10 overs and with nine wickets to spare. Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat first, but Pakistan struck after just one over.

Squad

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza (c), Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Ryan Murray, Peter Moor, Tarisai Musakanda, Blessing Muzarabani, Liam Nicholas Roche, Malcolm Waller, Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Tendai Chatara, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Donald Tiripano

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail