Imam, Fakhar star in 131-run win as Pakistan whitewash Zimbabwe 5-0

first_imgImam-ul-Haq smashed his third century of the series while Fakhar Zaman hit a 83-ball 85 as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 131 runs in the fifth and final ODI to sweep series 5-0 at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.Imam hit 110 off 105 balls while Fakhar became the fastest (18th ODI) to reach 1000 runs in ODIs as the opening pair continued to torment the Zimbabwe bowlers. Zaman broke the record of 21 matches which was shared by five cricketers, including his teammate Babar Azam.The opening pair put together a stand of 168 before Fakhar was out for 85. But, the incoming Babar Azam made sure that Zimbabwe’s joy was cut short and forged a 77-run stand for the second wicket before Imam fell for a well-made 110. Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik failed to make the most of the rare opportunity to bat in this series as both fell for 18.But, Babar hung on and completed his century and guided Pakistan to 364/4 from their 50 overs. Azam (106) and Sarfraz Ahmed (6) were the two unbeaten batsmen.Also read – 455 runs between dismissals: Fakhar Zaman sets new ODI world recordChasing 365, Zimbabwe’s top-order batsmen finally found some sort of form but they failed to kick-on and match the asking rate at any point of time in the match.The African team finished on 233/4, with Ryan Murray, who was dropped twice, top scoring with 47 off 70 and Peter Moor remaining unbeaten on a 54-ball 44.Pakistan win the final #ZIMvPAK ODI by 131 runs, with this win they complete their 5-0 series sweep.More details https://t.co/PLmjEcpytd pic.twitter.com/9UgBgsVQxLadvertisementPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) July 22, 2018Hasan Ali and Mohammad Nawaz picked up two wickets each for Pakistan.In a lopsided series, Pakistan won two matches by nine wickets and two by more than 200 runs before wrapping up the series on Sunday.Speaking about the series, win, captain Sarfraz said: “Great team effort. Wanted to finish on high note. Fakhar Zaman, Imam, Babar did the job for us. We are happy to try some combinations, players responded well. Need one month rest. Will go home, then will proceed to training, tough tours lined up.”With 515 in the #ZIMvPAK ODI series, @FakharZamanLive is the Man of the Series. pic.twitter.com/B5oAlQUDaNPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) July 22, 2018Fakhar, who was awarded the man-of-the-series for scoring 515 runs from five matches, said that he has enjoyed his time here and will look to carry this form forward.Really enjoyed it here. In 2016, I was with Pakistan A over here and enjoyed it a lot. I was taking my time at the start, was punishing bad deliveries, that was the main thing for me. I will work hard and hopefully you’ll see me scoring more runs for my country.Fakhar hit two centuries and two fifties each in the series.last_img read more