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Bravo! Fakhar becomes first Pakistan batsman to score double century in ODI

BULAWAYO: Pakistan’s prolific opener Fakhar Zaman added another feat to his credit when he smashed a double hundred against Zimbabwe, hence becoming first Pakistan player to achieve this record mark after Saeed Anwar’s highest 194 against India in 1997.

With the help of 24 fours and five sixes, Fakhar reached this landmark in 150 balls, or say half of the ODI innings.

With his staggering 210, Pakistan also managed to score its highest ever score 399 in the ODIs. Pakistan reached its historic total losing just one wicket.

India’s Rohit Sharma made headlines after he broke through the mystical 200 mark with a score of 209 against Australia in Bengaluru in 2013 and he followed it up with a staggering score of 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014, which remains a world record.

 

Highest scores – ODIs

264 – Rohit Sharma, India v Sri Lanka, Kolkata, 2014
237* – Martin Guptill, New Zealand v West Indies, Wellington, 2015
219 – Virender Sehwag, India v West Indies, Indore, 2011
215 – Chris Gayle, West Indies v Zimbabwe, Canberra, 2015

210* – Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, 2018
209 – Rohit Sharma, India v Australia, Bengaluru, 2013
208* – Rohit Sharma, India v Sri Lanka, Mohali, 2017
200* – Sachin Tendulkar, India v South Africa, Gawlior, 2010

 

Recently, Fakhar clinched the second spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 rankings, after his match-winning 91 against top Australian side in the T20 tri-series final two weeks ago.

Zaman, who Australian skipper Aaron Finch had called “a real thorn in our [Pakistan] side” before the final, slammed a career-best 91 in just 46 balls in the final, his blitz helping Pakistan cross Australia’s 183/8 with four balls in hand.

From 42 to No. 2: Fakhar ranked second best T20 batsman in the world

Zaman’s performance in the tournament was spectacular and his rise in the rankings equally so. His sequence in Zimbabwe tri-series was 61, 6, 47, 73 (his career-best score before the final) and 91. The dashing opener has moved up 44 spots on the table to reach No.2 with 842 points, also the best in his short international career so far.

 

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