Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is on a record-breaking spree these days as the left-hander proved on Sunday during the fifth and final ODI against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo.
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.
Fakhar Zaman, who was out on 60 in the first match of the series, went unbeaten in the last three one-day internationals after scoring 117 not out, 43 not out and 210 not out.
With his 85 runs in this match, Zaman amassed 455 runs between two dismissals, surpassing the previous record held by former Pakistan great Mohammad Yousuf, who had scored 405 runs between two dismissals in 2002.
Interestingly, Yousuf had achieved the feat against the same opposition 16 years ago. He scored 141*, 76*, 100* and was run out on 88 against Zimbabwe in the fifth and final match while he did not get a chance to bat in the fourth ODI.
Meanwhile, Pakistan on Sunday rode on splendid batting performances from Imam-ul-Haq (110), Babar Azam (106 not out) and Zaman’s 85 to post a mammoth 364 for 4 on the board.
During his innings, Zaman also became the fastest batsman in ODI history to complete 1000 runs in the format during his knock.
— ICC (@ICC) July 22, 2018
Zaman needed 20 runs to achieve the feat prior to this match. He got their in style as he smashed his third boundary in the final ball of the sixth over from Tendai Chatara to get to the landmark.
Fakhar Zaman beat the likes of Viv Richards (West Indies), Kevin Pietersen (England), Jonathan Trott (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa) and compatriot Babar Azam to clinch the top spot in the list.
All the above mentioned batting greats reached the milestone in their 21st innings but Fakhar Zaman bettered them all by getting there in his 18th innings.
Fakhar Zaman has just become the fastest man to reach 1000 runs in ODIs, and those are some pretty illustrious names he's got ahead of! 👏
— ICC (@ICC) July 22, 2018
Zaman amassed 515 runs in the five matches at a staggering average of 257.50 which makes him the only Pakistani batsman to score over 500 runs in an ODI series.
Salman Butt was the previous record holder for his country with 451 runs in the five-ODI series against Bangladesh in 2007.
Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq added 168 runs for the opening wicket which was also their fourth hundred-run partnership. This is the first time a batting pair has managed to achieve the feat in a single series.
Just a couple of days back Fakhar Zaman had created another record as he became the first batsman from Pakistan to smash 200 runs in an innings in the previous game at the Queens Sports Club.
Zaman smashed 24 boundaries and five sixes en route his 156-ball unbeaten 210 as Pakistan finished with 399/1 from their 50 overs and then bowled out the hosts for a paltry 155 to win the match by 244 runs. The visitors already have the series in the bag with a 4-0 lead in the five ODIs.