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Imam-ul-Haq hits century as Pakistan sets Zimbabwe target of 309

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BULAWAYO (Zimbabwe): Pakistan opener Imam ul Haq scored his second international hundred as Pakistan reached 308 for 7 in the opening ODI against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Imam reached a career-best 128, while Fakhar Zaman continued his good run of form with 60 and debutant Asif Ali cracked a rapid 46 in the middle order to boost Pakistan’s total. Pakistan started slowly with the bat, Zimbabwe putting them in under grey, wintery skies. With the new ball nipping around, Imam played and missed at several deliveries and was lucky to survive an edge off fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani, the ball dropping just in front of second slip. He did enough to survive, however, and with Fakhar scoring fluently Pakistan put on an opening stand of 113 in under 25 overs.
Fakhar eventually hit a return catch to debutant offspinner Liam Roche, but Imam shifted through the gears to bring up a 109-ball hundred in the 37th over. Zimbabwe’s bowlers struck back at the death, picking up regular wickets to stall Pakistan’s charge. Tendai Chatara and Donald Tiripano picked up two apiece, as Pakistan lost five wickets in the last 10 overs. Asif Ali struck two sixes and four fours to ensure Pakistan passed 300 to set a challenging total.

 

 

 

 

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Cricket ODI sweep: Fakhar Zaman sets records!

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BULAWAYO (Zimbabwe): Captain Sarfraz Ahmed hailed “a great team effort” as Pakistan completed a series whitewash over Zimbabwe with a 131-run win in the fifth and final match on Sunday.
On another record-setting day in Bulawayo for the visitors, Fakhar Zaman became the fastest player in history to reach 1,000 career runs in one-day international cricket as Pakistan amassed 364 for 4.
“It was a great team effort to win 5-0 against Zimbabwe,” said Ahmed. “Everyone wanted to bat…but at the same time it’s really good to see young players performing like this, like Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have been doing, which is good for the team.”
Ahmed looked ahead to the six-team Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in September. “We learned lots of things here, and hopefully we’ll take that to the Asia Cup,” he said. “We definitely need some rest now, so we’ll go home for a bit before returning to training to prepare for the Asia Cup.”
Zaman and opening partner ul-Haq were in the runs once again, the pair adding their fourth-century stand of the series. They had reached 168 in the 25th over when Zaman was caught behind for 85.  While he missed out on what would have been his third hundred of the series, he set a string of records.
Zaman passed 1,000 ODI runs in just his 18th innings, breaking the record of 21 innings held by five players, including Viv Richards and team-mate Babar Azam.
He claimed the record for most runs by a Pakistan batsman in a five-match bilateral series with 515, passing Salman Butt’s total against Bangladesh in 2008. Only Virat Kohli, who hit 558 for India in South Africa last winter, has scored more.
Zaman also broke the record for most runs between dismissals in ODIs, with 455, passing the 405 set by another Pakistani, Mohammad Yousuf, also against Zimbabwe, in 2002-3.
“I really enjoyed my time in Zimbabwe,” said Zaman, who was named Player of the Series.
“In 2016 I was here with Pakistan A, and now I’m back with the full Pakistan team and really enjoying my time here. I’m taking my time at the start and just punishing the bad deliveries. That was the main thing for me. I’ll work hard and hopefully, you’ll see me scoring more runs for my country.”
On a morning for batsmen, Imam ul-Haq went on to reach his third century of the series, and though Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali fell cheaply, the carnage continued with Azam then racing to a century from 72 deliveries, his second fifty having taken just 17 balls.
— Stickability —
In response, Zimbabwe showed much more stickability with the bat than in the first four games of the series.  Hamilton Masakadza and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe shared a 66-run opening stand, Zimbabwe’s best of the series.
Though Zimbabwe never looked like threatening Pakistan’s total, the middle order did at least hold firm. Prince Masvaure made 39 and Ryan Murray contributed 47 – personal bests for both players in their short careers. Peter Moor finished off 44 not out in a 67-run stand with Elton Chigumbura, allowing Zimbabwe to reach 233 for 4.
“We were slightly better today, we weren’t 3 down for 30 for a change,” said Zimbabwe captain Masakadza. “A few of the guys have been introduced to international cricket. We’ve been shown just how big the gap is, and how much work there is to be done before our next series.”

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Pakistan thrash Zimbabwe for ODI series sweep

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BULAWAYO (Zimbabwe): Pakistan completed a series whitewash over Zimbabwe with a 131-run win on Sunday in the fifth and final match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
On another record-setting day for the visitors, Fakhar Zaman became the fastest player in history to reach 1,000 career runs in one-day international cricket as Pakistan amassed 364 for 4.
Zaman broke the previous record of 21 innings by reaching the mark in his 17th innings in the course of a fluent half-century. His opening partner Imam-ul-Haq was also in the runs once again, the pair adding their fourth-century stand of the series. They took the score to 168 in the 25th over before Zaman was caught behind for 85.
While he missed out on what would have been his third hundred of the series, Zaman did also claim the records for most runs in a five-match bilateral series with 515 and most runs scored between dismissals in ODIs, having scored 455 runs since he was last dismissed in the first match of the series.
On a morning for batsmen, Imam-ul-Haq went on to reach his third century of the series, and though Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali fell cheaply, the carnage continued with Babar Azam then racing to a century of his own from 72 deliveries, his second fifty haven taken just 17 balls.
In response, Zimbabwe showed much more stickability with the bat that had been the case in the first four games of the series. Hamilton Masakadza and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe got going with a 66-run opening stand, Zimbabwe’s best of the series, and though Zimbabwe never looked like threatening Pakistan’s total, the middle order did at least hold firm.
Prince Masvaure made 39 and Ryan Murray contributed 47 – personal bests for both players in their short careers – and Peter Moor finished off with 44 not out in a 67-run stand with Elton Chigumbura, allowing Zimbabwe to reach 233 for 4.

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Cricket: Fakhar Zaman is the first Pakistani ODI double centurion

 

 

 

 

 

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Record man Zaman leads Pakistan to 364/4 against Zimbabwe

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BULAWAYO ( Zimbabwe): Two days after becoming the first player from Pakistan to score a double century in a one-day international, Fakhar Zaman reached a further milestone in becoming the quickest player in history to reach 1,000 runs in the format as Pakistan amassed 364 for 4 in the fifth and final ODI of their tour of Zimbabwe.
Zaman broke the previous record of 21 innings by reaching the mark in his 17th innings in the course of a fluent half-century. His opening partner Imam-ul-Haq was also in the runs once again, the pair producing their fourth-century stand of the series.
They took the score to 168 in the 25th over before Zaman was caught behind for 85. While he missed out on what would have been his third hundred of the series, Zaman did also claim the records for most runs in a five-match bilateral series with 515 and most runs scored between dismissals in ODIs, having scored 455 runs since he was last dismissed in the first match of the series.
On a morning for batsmen, Imam-ul-Haq went on to reach his third century of the series, cracking eight fours and a six before he swung across the line and was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza for 110.
Though Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali fell cheaply, the carnage continued as Babar Azam raced to a century from 72 deliveries, his second fifty haven taken just 17 balls.
It was his eighth career ODI century and included nine fours and two sixes, Azam doing the bulk of the scoring as Pakistan plundered 63 runs from the last five overs.

Zimbabwe v Pakistan ODI scoreboard

 

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, July 22 (AFP/APP):First innings scoreboard in the fifth one-day international between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at Queens Sports Club on Sunday:

 

 

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  1. ul Haq lbw b W Masakadza            110
  2. Zaman c Murray b Roche               85
  3. Azam not out                      106
  4. Malik lbw b Chatara                  18
  5. Ali  c Chatara b Mpofu                18
  6. Ahmed not out                      6

Extras (lb1, nb1, w19)                   21

Total (4 wkts, 50 overs)                364

Did not bat: S Khan, M Nawaz, M Amir, H Ali, J Khan

Fall of wickets: 1-168 (Zaman), 2-245 (ul Haq), 3-280 (Malik), 4-316 (Ali)

Bowling: Mpofu 10-0-67-1 (2w); Chatara 10-0-79-1 (1w, 1nb); Tiripano 7-0-67-0 (4w); Roche 10-1-65-1 (4w); W Masakadza 10-0-66-1 (1w); Masvaure 3-0-19-0 (1w)

 

 

Toss: Pakistan

Umpires: Russell Tiffin (ZIM), Ian Gould (ENG)

TV umpire: Langton Rusere (ZIM)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

 

A relevant piece published earlier: 

Cricket: Fakhar Zaman is the first Pakistani ODI double centurion

With the help of 6 sixes and 24 boundaries Pakistani batsman, Fakhar Zaman scored 210 runs off 148 balls (not out) becoming Pakistan’s highest ODI double centurian. So far only seven cricketers have achieved this distinction.  Incidentally, the 210 runs scored by Zaman is the highest any Pakistani cricketer scored so far in an ODI inning. And the total of 399 is the highest ODI score ever mustered. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to bat first in the fourth one-day international against Zimbabwe on Friday. Pakistan has dominated the ODI series, bowling Zimbabwe out for 67 on Wednesday to go 3-0 up. With the series secured, Pakistan had the opportunity to experiment with their playing XI but opted to go unchanged into the fourth match. There were two changes for the Zimbabweans, with Chamu Chibhabha and Prince Masvaure swapped for seamer Donald Tiripano and top order batsman Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, who will be making his international debut.

Teams:

PAKISTAN: Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c/w), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan.

ZIMBABWE: Kamunhukamwe, Hamilton Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Peter Moor, Ryan Murray (w), Elton Chigumbura, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chisoro, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava. 

Umpires:

Langton Rusere (ZIM),

Ian Gould (ENG)

TV Umpire:

Russell Tiffin (ZIM)

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