Fakhar Zaman and Imam Ul Haq raised the highest ever opening partnership in the history of ODIs, where they contributed 304 runs together which took Pakistan to 399 runs, which is their highest in this format of the game.
Fakhar Zaman became the first ever Pakistani and sixth batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score 200 runs in ODI innings. He surpassed Saeed Anwar’s 194 runs to become the highest scorer in an ODI inning for his country.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first, Pakistan’s opening batsmen, Fakhar Zaman and Imam Ul Haq were instrumental in the inning and showed complete authority over Zimbabwean bowlers.
The duo went on to score their third century of their ODI careers.
The young opening batsmen beat the highest partnership for Pakistan in ODI history of 263 runs between Aamer Sohail and Inzamam Ul Haq. They also surpassed Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya’s opening partnership of 286 runs to raise the highest ever opening partnership in ODIs.
As Imam Ul Haq fell after scoring 113 runs off 122 balls, the hard-hitting Asif Ali replaced him and played a 22-ball 50 runs cameo to take Pakistan to a humungous total of 399/1 runs.
Washington Masakadza remained the only wicket-taker for Zimbabwe on their forgettable day.