Zaman sets records as Pakistan sweep Zimbabwe

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Imam-ul-Haq smashed his third century of the series and Fakhar Zaman became the fastest batsman to complete 1,000 runs in ODIs as Pakistan swept Zimbabwe 5-0 with a 131-run win in the fifth one-day global on Sunday.

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 131 runs on Sunday in the fifth and final one-day global to clean sweep the ODI series. He erased records of Viv Richards, Kevin Pietersen, Quinton de Kock, Babar Azam and Jonathan Trott to become the fastest to a thousand career runs in ODIs.

It is the first time in ODI history that a batsman has managed to score more than 500 runs in a five-match bilateral series.

The left-hander only made his ODI debut during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England last June, hitting 114 in his fourth innings as Pakistan beat India by 180 runs in the final at The Oval.

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Fakhar Zaman has been making headlines with his batting in the ongoing series against Zimbabwe.

Speaking after the conclusion of the ODI series against Zimbabwe, Sarfraz said that the series aided the team's preparations for the Asia Cup as the side learnt a lot during the tour. Their in-form openers - Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq laid the foundation for a big total by adding 168 runs for the first wicket. That proved to be too much for the Zimbabweans who could only muster 233-4 in their 50 overs. Fakhar scored a staggering 515 runs in the five-match series. Only Virat Kohli's 558 runs (in six matches) against South Africa earlier this year is better overall.

While he missed out on what would have been his third hundred of the series, he set a string of records. His opening partner Imam-ul-Haq was also in the runs once again, the pair producing their fourth century stand of the series. Imam, a nephew of batting legend Inzamam, scored his 4th ODI century in 9 innings. This is the most by a Pakistani batsman in an ODI series. But Prince Masvaure and Ryan Murray adopted a similar approach as they were content on batting out the overs, finding the odd boundary whenever a loose delivery was bowled.

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