Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman lit the Wanderers in Johannesburg on fire in the second ODI between South Africa and Pakistan, almost single-handedly taking Pakistan past Proteas’ total of 341 runs. In the process, he created a couple of world records as well.
South Africa batted first after Babar Azam won the toss and unlike the first ODI, the Temba Bavuma led side took it to the opposition and kept on attacking from ball one. Quinton de Kock (80) and Aiden Markram (39) adding 55 runs. Then Temba Bavuma (92) and Rassie van der Dussen (60 in 37 balls with 4 sixes and 6 fours) and also David Miller (50* in 27 balls) helped Proteas put on a good score of 341/6 on the board.
Fakhar Zaman Slams 193 With 18 Fours And 10 Sixes, The Highest Individual Score Chasing In ODIs
The Pakistani innings were totally opposite to what they had done the previous match. Imam-Ul-Haq fell for 5 runs, before Zaman and Babar Azam tried to form a partnership, but then Anrich Nortje blew away any hopes of Pakistan’s chances with three quick wickets- Babar Azam for 31, Mohammad Rizwan for 0, and Danish Aziz for 9 runs.
However, Fakhar didn’t give up the hope and hammered left-arm chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi for sixes repeatedly. He looked like that if someone had stuck with him at the other end, he would have taken Pakistan to victory single-handedly. Also in the process, it looked like Fakhar might become only the second batsman to hit two double-centuries in ODI cricket.
However, it was not to be as Zaman was run out on the first ball of the 50th over for 193 runs, made in 155 balls with 18 fours and 10 sixes to his name. Pakistan ended their 50 overs on 324/9 and lost the match by 17 runs.
With his knock of 193, Fakhar Zaman now holds the record for the highest individual score in ODIs while chasing, beating Shane Watson’s 185, which came against Bangladesh in 2011. Now on the third spot in that list is MS Dhoni, for his superlative 183* against Sri Lanka in 2005.
However, while Watson and Dhoni’s knocks helped their respective teams win the match, Zaman’s 193 went to waste as Pakistan lost the match and Zaman’s record score is now the second-highest individual score in a loss. The no.1 spot in this unfortunate list is held by Zimbabwe’s Charles Coventry, who made 194* against Bangladesh in 2009, which was also the highest individual score at that time in ODIs.
The third ODI between South Africa and Pakistan will be played on April 7 in Centurion.