Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 4th ODI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq in record 304-run opening stand

Pakistan openers Fakhar Zamam and Imam-ul-Haq have smashed the record for the highest opening partnership in ODI cricket, flogging Zimbabwe’s threadbare bowling attack to the tune of 304 in 42 overs.

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The historic alliance took place during the fourth ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Friday, and obliterated the previous highest opening partnership of 286 between Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga against England in 2006.

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The stand is the fifth 200-plus opening stand in Pakistan’s ODI history, and easily surpassed the previous mark of 228* between Imran Farhat and Mohammad Hafeez, achieved against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2011.

Zaman took the score past 300 with his 18th four, hit off Wellington Masakadza in the 42nd over of Pakistan’s innings, but the over ended with the bowler extracting Imam-ul-Haq for 113 off 122 balls.