Pakistan set world record of most five match clean sweeps
Hosts Zimbabwe’s misery ran along with the time as Pakistan ended the five match series with a complete white wash. Starting the last match with four nil up, the touring team accomplished the clean sweep through beating Zimbabwe by 131 runs in the fifth and final encounter.
After their previous match’s one run short of four hundred total, Pakistan imposed yet another bulky target upon the opponents; 364 runs they scored in their fifty overs for the loss of 4 wickets.
The superlative double hundred by Fakhar Zaman was followed by an 85 runs knock while Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam both blasted two centuries consecutively.
Opener Imam-ul-Haq’s good work of making 110 was enriched by Babar Azam in the one down position; he managed a throbbing 106 runs facing just 76 deliveries.
In reply, Solomon Mire toppled Zimbabwe’s highest T20I score but couldn’t make it way through any win.
With that, Pakistan featured in yet another record of five-match series clean sweep; this is, therefore, Pakistan’s 7th five match white wash in one day cricket.
The comprehensive win against Zimbabwe by a margin of 5-0 helped Pakistan surpass its arch-rival India in the list of teams winning most 5-match ODI series with all over winning margin.
Pakistan’s list of 5-match clean sweeps includes wins against Zimbabwe in 2002, Bangladesh in 2003, New Zealand in 2003, Zimbabwe in 2008, Bangladesh in 2008, Sri Lanka in 2017 and Zimbabwe in 2018.
India has six such five-match ODI series win followed by South Africa who won five series, West Indies, Australia and Sri Lanka with four 5-match series clean sweeps each.
Pakistan’s opening pair Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq also achieved a unique feat in the series by being the first batting pair to score 600 runs in a bilateral series.
The opening duo added 704 runs as batting partners in five innings of the series, which is the most by any batting partner in a bilateral series. No other pair has scored more than 590 runs when two teams met for a series.
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They also scored 4-century partnerships in the series, jointly the most by a batting pair. The other pair to enroll in for century partnerships is also from Pakistan – Imran Farhat and Yasir Hameed, against Zimbabwe in 2003.
Batsman Imam-ul-Haq excelled for Pakistan by becoming the first ever batsman in ODIs to score four centuries in 10 innings. Imam, the nephew of batting legend Inzamam, scored his 4th ODI century in 9 innings.
Earlier, the “Fakhar-e-Pakistan” Fakhar Zaman became the first ever batsman in history to complete 1,000 ODI career runs in 18 games. He erased records of Viv Richards, Kevin Pietersen, Quinton de Kock, Babar Azam and Jonathan Trot to become the fastest to 1,000 career runs in ODIs.
He also became the first ever player to score 500 plus runs in a five-match series. With 515 runs in this series, he is second to Virat Kohli in scoring most runs in a bilateral series. The Indian skipper scored 558 runs in six ODIs against South Africa.