Pakistan was able to put a massive total of 364 runs in 50 overs after electing to bat first in the fifth and final One-day International against Zimbabwe. Thus, the visitors continued their domination over the depleted hosts.
Fakhar Zaman and Imam Ul-Haq once again provided a fine start as the southpaw pair put together an alliance of 168 runs. In fact, Zaman became the fastest to get to the 1000 run-mark in ODI cricket – reaching the milestone in just 18 innings.
Pakistan continues to dominate the proceedings:
Thus, the left-hander Zaman bettered the record of former Windies great Sir Vivian Richards who had scored 1,000 runs in 21 innings.
Furthermore, Zaman now has the maximum runs (515 runs) in a five-match series.
Meanwhile, Imam Ul-Haq also continued his good form as he scored his fourth ODI hundred.
Moreover, Shoaib Malik also accumulated his 7,000 ODI runs. Thus, the veteran right-hander became the eighth Pakistani batsman to get to the personal milestone.
Pakistan’s number three batsman Babar Azam continued his dream run in the 50-over format. The stylish right-hander scored his eighth ODI ton in 46 matches.
Azam accumulated 106 runs off just 76 balls to give the finishing touches to the visitor’s innings.
Thus, Pakistan was once again able to put a complete performance with the bat. The tourists are already leading by 4-0 in the series.
With Zimbabwe being asked to climb the mountain of runs, Pakistan is looking good to clean sweep the series. Therefore, the hosts will have to bat out of their skins against a potent bowling battery of Pakistan.
Pakistan had also won the T20I series and they would be glad about their performances on the Zimbabwe tour.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Pakistan first innings score:
The state of Zimbabwe cricket is, once again, forcing us to ask the question–why and how runs/wickets against seriously weak teams are given equal weightage as International runs/wickets vs must stronger teams?? Shouldn't there be a system to differentiate both…
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 22, 2018
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 22, 2018
Fakhar Zaman's average progression over the course of this #ZIMvPAK series:
45.83 –> 46.92 –> 55.92 –> 59.23 –> 75.38 –> 76.07
So next time he bats, he needs to score more than 76 merely to keep his batting average from dropping.
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) July 22, 2018
Another world record by Fakhar Zaman. He has scored 430* runs without being dismissed, the most by any batsman in ODI history. Previous record was by Mohammad Yousuf who scored 405 runs between two dismissals in 2002. #ZimvPak
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 22, 2018
— James Hollands (@JamesOlympics) July 22, 2018
— Malik shahzaib (@malikshahzaib94) July 22, 2018