Pakistan set world record of most five match clean sweeps

Ruben Holloway
July 23, 2018

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 worldwide on Sunday.

Coming from a sensational inning of 210 runs in the fourth ODI, Fakhar Zaman continued his stellar form of late in the fifth and final ODI against Zimbabwe. The 18 innings taken by him to reach the mark broke the record previously held by the likes of Sir Viv Richards and Babar Azam (21 innings). In the process he overtook Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza's record (467 runs) of highest runs scored in a single ODI series. He had asked Fakhar Zaman to don the wicketkeeping gloves for these overs.

"It was a great team effort to win 5-0 against Zimbabwe", said Ahmed. "Everyone wanted to bat.but at the same time it's really good to see young players performing like this, like Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have been doing, which is good for the team".

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When Zaman headed into the final match, he had played 17 innings in 2018 and had scored 980 runs. They had added 800 runs batting together from nine innings in the 2011 World Cup. India skipper Virat Kohli tops this list with 558 runs from six innings in a series against South Africa earlier this year.

When Zimbabwe nudged to 20 for no loss in the first six overs, it was already their best opening partnership in the series.

While he missed out on what would have been his third hundred of the series, he set a string of records. He has scored 3 tons, including a double century, and 6 half-centuries. He is now the first batsman to make four ODI centuries inside his first ten matches.

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His opening partner Imam-ul-Haq was also in the runs once again, with the pair producing their fourth century stand of the series.

Prince Masvaure (39) and Murray also got starts before both fell while going for big shots.

So, they will be looking for a win to avoid the whitewash in their home.

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