Twitter reacts to Pakistan star Fakhar Zaman's double ODI hundred

Waseem Ahmed 20/07/2018
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Fakhar Zaman became the first Pakistan batsman to score an ODI double ton.

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman wrote himself into the record books with an emphatic unbeaten double ton in the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo on Friday.

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.

The likes of Waqar Younis, Shahid Afridi, Brendon McCullum, Azhar Ali, Dean Jones and Saeed Ajmal all took to Twitter to praise Fakhar’s feat.

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.

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Maharaj accounted for eight of the nine wickets to fall on the first day.

South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj ripped through the Sri Lanka batting line-up to record the best figures by a visiting bowler on day one of the second Test in Colombo.

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.

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.

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The duo were handed bans by Cricket Australia earlier this year.

David Warner will go head-to-head against Cameron Bancroft on Sunday when he makes his debut in the Northern Territory Strike League limited-overs competition.

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Warner, the former Australia vice-captain, has recently returned from his stint in the inaugural Global T20 Canada. The left-hander’s participation in the new T20 league along with Steve Smith was his first game-time in competitive cricket since being handed his ban.

Warner has recently returned from a stint in the Global T20 Canada.

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The 31-year-old had a poor start to the tournament but found his form as the tournament progressed with a half-century in his side’s penultimate game against the Edmonton Royals.

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