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Fakhar hit scores of 60 117no 43no 210no and 85 in Pakistan's five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe

Fakhar hit scores of 60 117no 43no 210no and 85 in Pakistan's five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe

Fakhar Zaman, who scored a double century in the last match, became the fastest player in history to reach 1,000 career runs in one-day worldwide cricket as Pakistan amassed 364 for 4.

Fakhar began Sunday's fifth ODI against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo with 980 runs from 17 innings and cut home seamer Tendai Chatara for four to move from 17 to 21 and break the record during an innings of 85. 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.

Fakhar Zaman raises his bat after becoming the first Pakistan batsman to make a double century in ODI. They went on to win the fourth ODI by 244 runs thanks to a record opening partnership of 304 runs by Fakhar Zaman and Imamul Haq.

Zaman finished on 515 runs from five matches at an average of 257.50 and broke the previous record held by Salman Butt, who had scored 451 runs in a five-match series against Bangladesh in 2007-08.

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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. Pakistan ended their innings at 364/4 in 50 overs.

While he missed out on what would have been his third hundred of the series, he set a string of records. This is the most by a Pakistani batsman in an ODI series. Imam, the nephew of batting legend Inzamam, scored his 4th ODI century in 9 innings. Only Virat Kohli's 558 runs (in six matches) against South Africa earlier this year is better overall. He is now the first batsman in history to bring up four centuries in his first 10 matches.

Joining Zaman in his exploits has been the young Imam-ul-Haq, who made three centuries in the series.

This win was Pakistan's second-biggest ODI win behind the 255-run win over Ireland in 2015. Skipper Hamilton Masakadza and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe put on a 66-run stand for the first wicket before Ryan Murray and Prince Masvaure added another 78 runs for the third wicket.

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