Pak vs. NZ: Fakhar Zaman breaks five records
In the second one-day international on Saturday, Pakistan’s opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, who smashed a third consecutive century to lead Pakistan to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand, set five distinct records.
In the second ODI, the 33-year-old opener scored his ninth ODI hundred with an unbeaten 180 off 144 balls.
Prior to his most recent century, he scored 117 runs in the first game and 101 runs in January against the same opponents as Pakistan chased a challenging 337-run target in 48.2 overs.
Pakistan now leads the five-match series 2-0 with the final three games scheduled for May 3, 5, and 7 in Karachi.
“It was my lucky day to score again against New Zealand as I got chances,” Zaman added.
I try to take my time initially, but once there are five players in the circle, scoring is simpler.
“Outstanding” was how visiting skipper Latham defined Zaman.
At the halfway point, we were very content, said Latham. Fakhar played an excellent knock. They were able to form relationships, which was a major accomplishment for the batting department.
The records that Zaman 1 set are listed below. fastest Asian batsman in ODI history to reach 3,000 runs
Zaman became the quickest batter in Asia.
- Asian to reach 1000 in 10 ODIs quickest
After accomplishing the feat in 67 innings, Zaman became the first Asian batter in ODI history to score 10 centuries. Babar Azam previously held the record, going 68 innings.
- Fourth player from Pakistan to score three straight ODI hundreds
He joined Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, and Babar Azam (twice) as the only other batters to ever hit three straight ODI tonnes. He also became the fourth Pakistani to do it.
- The only batsman with multiple ODI chase scores of 175 or more
Taking into account his 193 against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2021, Zaman is also the only hitter in the world with two scores of 175 or more in ODI chases.
- Asians have scored the most runs in ODI cricket after 67 innings.
With 3,082 runs scored in 67 innings, Zaman also holds the record for the most runs scored by an Asian hitter in ODI history. Babar Azam previously held the record, scoring 2,971 runs.