Pakistan's young and energetic cricket team added another feather to its cap with a record 7th five-match series clean sweep by beating Zimbabwe 5-0. Another 300-plus partnership for the opening wicket and potentially, another double century from the bat of one of the openers were on the cards.
Having struck an incredible 430 runs in the first four matches of the Zimbabwe series, Zaman needed only a further 20 runs to set the new ODI batting record.
In the fourth ODI, he broke the world record for the highest opening wicket stand in ODIs with Imam-ul-Haq.
Zimbabwe faces Pakistan in the 5th One-Day International (ODI) on July 22 at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, the match starts at 12:45 (IST). These are the joint-most number of individual centuries scored by Pakistan players in an ODI series/tournament. Three of those seven have come against Zimbabwe. Imam, a nephew of batting legend Inzamam, scored his 4th ODI century in 9 innings.
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The previous record was jointly held by Vivian Richards, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Quinton de Kock and Babar Azam who all reached the milestone in 21 innings.
Pakistan completed a series whitewash over Zimbabwe with a 131-run win on Sunday in the fifth and final match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.On another record-setting day for the visitors, Fakhar Zaman became the fastest player in history to reach 1,000 career runs in one-day worldwide cricket as Pakistan amassed 364 for 4.Zaman broke the previous record of 21 innings by reaching the mark in his 17th innings in the course of a fluent half century. The Indian batsman had scored 558 runs in 6 ODIs against SA. No other pair has score more than 590 runs when two teams met for a series.
He achieved the feat during the fifth and final ODI of the ongoing five-match series against Zimbabwe. With 515 runs in this series, he is second to Virat Kohli in the list of scoring most runs in a bilateral series. This is the most number of runs by any batsman in ODI history without getting dismissed.