Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Pakistan vs Zimbabwe, 5th ODI: Dominant Pakistan eye series clean sweep

Pakistan vs Zimbabwe, 5th ODI: Dominant Pakistan eye series clean sweep

The 28-year-old required just 18 innings to reach the milestone, three-less than Viv Richards, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Quinton de Kock and Babar Azam, all of whom took 21 innings to complete 1000 ODI runs.

Pakistan finished their tour of Zimbabwe on a thumping note by thrashing the hosts in the fifth and final ODI to complete a 5-0 whitewash.

It is the first time in ODI history that a batsman has managed to score more than 500 runs in a five-match bilateral series.


He became the fastest player to score 1000 ODI runs.

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The left-handed Fakhar was dismissed for 85 after Pakistan elected to bat first and in the process created a new world record for the most runs scored between two dismissals in the one-day format.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed tried his hand at bowling in his global career when he bowled a couple of overs against Zimbabwe in the fifth ODI here on Sunday. Fakhar averaged an astounding 257.50 in the series, and he easily shattered the previous record held by Salman Butt who scored 451 runs in a five-match rubber against Bangladesh back in 2007-08.


The green shirts clinched the series after they won the third ODI by nine wickets. Their in-form openers - Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq laid the foundation for a big total by adding 168 runs for the first wicket. 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.

Hamilton Masakadza and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe shared a 66-run opening stand, Zimbabwe's best of the series.

The duo have added 705 runs in this series, with four 100-plus stands. Imam and Babar then scored centuries to help Pakistan put up 364 for 4.


Watch the Zimbabwe vs Pakistan 5 ODI telecast on these channels. But Prince Masvaure and Ryan Murray adopted a similar approach as they were content on batting out the overs, finding the odd boundary whenever a loose delivery was bowled.

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