Who would have predicted that: Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman crushes records en route to dominating double ton
In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.
In a 5-match ODI series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in 2018, the Men in Green were leading by 3-0 going into the fourth match and the result was expected to be no different this time. To make matters more interesting, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur challenged Fakhar Zaman to score a double century and guess what, the opener delivered.
Pakistan 399/1 (50 Overs) - Fakhar Zaman 210* (156), Imam-ul-Haq 113 (122); Wellington Masakadza 1/78 (10), Tendai Chisoro 0/56 (10)
Zimbabwe 155 (42.4 Overs) - Donald Tiripano 44 (71), Elton Chigumbura 37 (69); Shadab Khan 4/28 (8.4), Faheem Ashraf 2/16 (7)
Result - Pakistan won by 244 runs
Batting first, the opening pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman went after the Zimbabwe bowlers as they joined forces for a 300 + run partnership. The first wicket to fall was Imam after he compiled his century. But it was the man at the other end who was going hammer and tongs.
By the time the innings finished with Pakistan at 399, giving Zimbabwe a target of 400, Fakhar was unbeaten on 210 off just 156 deliveries in a knock that included 24 boundaries and 5 sixes at a strike rate of almost 135.
Zaman became the first Pakistan batsman to hit a double century in ODI Cricket, also breaking the record for the highest score by a Pakistani batsman in ODIs, getting past Saeed Anwar's 194, which was made 21 years ago.
The openers also broke the record for the highest-ever ODI opening partnership, beating the record of Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga of 286 against England in 2006. Not only this, they smashed the the record for Pakistan's highest-ever ODI partnership beating Inzamam-ul-Haq and Aamir Sohail's 263-run stand against New Zealand 24 years ago.
Fall of wickets: 1-304 (Imam-ul-Haq, 41.6 ov)
Obviously 400 was a score too far off for Zimbabwe. Skipper Hamilton Masakadza and Elton Chigumbura tried to accelerate but didn't succeed. They were dismissed for just 155, gifting Pakistan a 244-run victory.
In short, Zimbabwe lost to Fakhar by 55 runs.
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, 3.2 ov), 2-36 (Tarisai Musakanda, 5.4 ov), 3-37 (Hamilton Masakadza, 6.2 ov), 4-59 (Ryan Murray, 13.4 ov), 5-67 (Peter Moor, 18.5 ov), 6-136 (Elton Chigumbura, 36.3 ov), 7-146 (Wellington Masakadza, 38.6 ov), 8-153 (Donald Tiripano, 40.6 ov), 9-153 (Tendai Chisoro, 41.1 ov), 10-155 (Richard Ngarava, 42.4 ov)
Zimbabwe - Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Hamilton Masakadza (c), Tarisai Musakanda, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Ryan Murray (wk), Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chisoro, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava
Pakistan - Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari
Match: ZIM vs PAK, 4th ODI, Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2018
Date: Friday, July 20, 2018
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Umpires: Langton Rusere, Ian Gould
Third Umpire: Russell Tiffin
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle
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