For Pakistan, the left-handed opening pair, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq on Friday (July 20) have once again thumped Zimbabwe with their masterclass at Bulawayo, in the fourth One-day International of the five-match series.
Both are in terrific touch throughout the series and they once again unleashed on Zimbabwe’s inexperienced bowling attack by tumbling numerous records on their way.
Fakhar Zaman goes berserk, registers maiden double-hundred for Pakistan:
Initially, it was the visitors, Pakistan, who won the toss and asked the home side, Zimbabwe to roll their arms first.
Moreover, while justifying the toss, both the openers went berserk against the opposition. Aggressive-looking Zaman, in particular, has been sensational who knocked the ball like a dream.
Zaman, who recently received the Man of the Series award for his stunning display during the Twenty20 International Tri-series.
The southpaw carried his golden patch to register an all-time highest tally for Pakistan in ODI cricket. He registered a remarkable double-hundred to cross all-time highest tally of Saeed Anwar’s 194 for Pakistan.
Imam-ul-Haq registers his third ODI century:
Meanwhile, Imam-ul-Haq, who returned to form in this series, has registered yet another century under his belt.
Zaman-Imam paired-up to register a mammoth 304-run partnership for the first wicket which is the highest by any opening pair in the history of ODI cricket.
The nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq registered his third ODI century before walking back to the pavilion. He registered a fine 113-run knock to his name. His patient innings included eight boundaries to his name. Though he started the thing cautiously, later, picked up his strokes to show his class.
Their massive record-breaking stand has come to an end when the left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza delivered the wicket-taking delivery in the 42nd over of the game.
However, it paved a way for dangerous Asif Ali who joined in-form Fakhar Zaman to wreck havoc at Bulawayo. They both smashed Zimbabwe bowlers to all corners of the park – to help Pakistan register a massive 399 for one in 50 allotted overs.