Pakistan’s opening batsman, Fakhar Zaman, scored his second successive century in the 3rd ODI, helping Pakistan to a historic ODI series win against the Proteas in South Africa. Fakhar’s knock of 101 off 104 balls, propelled Pakistan to a challenging total of 320 at the Centurion, which the bowlers were able to defend comfortably, handing Pakistan a 28 run win in the series decider.
Most Runs After 50 Innings
Fakhar’s magnificent innings was a record-breaking one as well. He surpassed Zaheer Abbas as the leading run-scorer for Pakistan after 50 innings. Fakhar has scored 2,262 runs in 50 ODI innings, overtaking Abbas, who had scored 2,234 runs in his first 50 ODI innings. In comparison, Pakistan’s all-format captain, Babar Azam had only scored 2,129 in his first 50 ODI innings. Fakhar is behind only Hashim Amla, who had scored 2,486 runs, overtaking Virat Kohli in the process as well.
Most Runs in a 3 Match ODI Series
Fakhar scored 302 runs at an average of 100.66 in the three-match ODI series, which makes him the second-highest Pakistani run-scorer in a three-match ODI series. Babar Azam has the world record of scoring the most runs in a three-match ODI series. He scored 361 runs against the West Indies in 2016. Fakhar also became the top run-scorer in a three-match ODI series against South Africa.
Fastest to 2,000 Runs
Fakhar’s innings of 193 off 155 balls in the second ODI also saw him complete his 2,000 ODI runs, becoming the joint ninth quickest player in the world to do so. He took only 49 innings to achieve the feat overtaking Virat Kohli who took 53 innings.
Pakistan will be looking to take full advantage of Fakhar’s great form in the upcoming T20I series. The selection committee has included him in the T20I squad at the request of the team management although he wasn’t part of the squad earlier.
The T20I series is scheduled to begin on 10 April in Johannesburg.