The visitors have already sewn up the series and lead it 3-0 after three crushing wins in three matches so far. They will be eyeing a whitewash over the depleted hosts who have been struggling to cope in what has become a very one-sided affair. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss at the Queen’s Sports Club and has elected to bat first. The men in green have opted to include pacer Junaid Khan and leg-spinner Yasir Shah in the playing XI.
Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have started solidly with the duo adding a record 275 runs without any troubles in 39 overs. Fakhar has continued his rich vein of form by slamming his third ODI ton in just 92 balls while Imam is had got to the three-figure mark as well. The pair put on 304 runs for the opening wicket before Imam was dismissed for a well-made 113. Fakhar has gone on to surpass Saeed Anwar’s score of 194 as he notched up a maiden double hundred off just 148 balls. The left-hander remained unbeaten on 210 while Asif Ali played an entertaining 22-ball 50 cameo as Pakistan posted 399-1 in their 50 overs.
In reply, Zimbabwe have got off to a bad start with pacer Usman Khan dismissing Tinashe Kamunhukamwe in the fourth over of the innings itself. The Pakistan pacer was among the wickets once again when he had Tarisai Musakanda caught by Faheem Ashraf to reduce Zimbabwe to 36-2. The hosts lost two further wickets before the 15th over with Faheem getting into the action. The Pakistan all-rounder earned his second scalp of the day as he broke a frustrating 59-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Shadab Khan picked up four wickets to clean out Zimbabwe’s tail as Pakistan recorded a staggering 244-run win.
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After skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first, Pakistan openers Fakhar and Imam-ul-Haq put on a world-record 304-run stand for the opening wicket before the former carried his bat to notch up a special double hundred.
Fakhar’s unbeaten 210 off just 156 deliveries makes him only the sixth batsman in ODI history and the first from Pakistan to breach the 200-run mark and has seen him surpass the legendary Saeed Anwar’s score of 194.
All throughout social media, the tributes to Fakhar’s record-breaking feat have been pouring in.
Former skipper Ramiz Raza was one of the first to express his delight just days after he had wondered why no Pakistan was looking to get a 200.
Frankly I didn’t enjoy Pak’s win today. it was clinical alrite but colourless..didn’t have any magical moments to savour like a great bowling spell or a 100 off 50 balls. Why isnt a Pakistan batsman looking for a 200!! Why not.. if not against Zim then who against??— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 16, 2018
#Fakhar200 Now we are talking !! Salute and standing ovation 👏👏👏👏— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 20, 2018
Brilliant performance Fakhar Zaman! You're turning into a world-class opener. Richly deserved, champion in the making. #ZIMVPAK— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 20, 2018
Fakhar Zaman!!!You played a wonderful knock— Mohammad Yousaf (@yousaf1788) July 20, 2018
201* Not Out..👍👏
First Pakistani to score double ton.imam-ul-haq and asif also played well.Pakistan zindabad💚
Well played team Pakistan and Congrats to Fakhar Zaman to become the first Pakistani to score Double 💯 in ODI.— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) July 20, 2018
Waqar took aim at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi while praising the opener’s achievement. Sethi had recently caused controversy by agreeing that Pakistan cricket has no talent on a television show.
“Well done Fakhar Zaman. Super performance, to break Saeed’s record needed a special knock. Congratulations! This is the talent which some feel our country does not have,” the Pakistan pace legend wrote on Twitter.
Fakhar’s innings helped Pakistan post a staggering 399-1 in the fourth ODI at Bulawayo after skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first. It is the highest ODI total Pakistan have registered in their history, beating their previous best of 385-7 against Bangladesh in 2010.
The left-armer took eight for 116 after Sri Lankan skipper Suranga Lakmal‘s decision to bat first had initially paid off as his side reached 116 without loss.
Openers Dimuth Karunaratne (53) and Danushka Gunathilaka (57) both scored half-centuries before being dismissed in quick succession by Maharaj, who then added Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera and Lakmal to his haul, with paceman Kagiso Rabada clean bowling Roshen Silva in the meantime.
Keshav Maharaj 8/109 now the best figures by a visiting bowler in Sri Lanka— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 20, 2018
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De Silva’s 60 was the most significant contribution for Sri Lanka, who ended the day on 277 for nine with Akila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath still at the crease.
Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0 following a crushing 278-run win in Galle.