Fakhar Zaman smashes Pakistan’s first ODI 200  ©  AFP
Fakhar Zaman smashes Pakistan’s first ODI 200 © AFP

Fakhar Zaman has become Pakistan’s first double-centurion in ODI cricket, eclipsing Saeed Anwar’s 21-year-old mark of 194 with a stroke-filled 210* against Zimbabwe during the fourth ODI in Bulawayo.

The Pakistan opener’s historic innings came off 156 deliveries, featured 24 fours and five sixes and helped fashion the first 300-run opening stand in ODI cricket, alongside Imam-ul-Haq (113) with whom he put on 304 in 42 overs on Friday. This whirlwind partnership also pushed Pakistan to their highest ODI total of 399/1, surpassing the 385/7 scored against Bangladesh in 2010.

Overall, Zaman is the sixth male batsman in ODI cricket to touch 200, after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill. His 210* slots in as the fifth highest score in ODI cricket after Rohit’s 264, Guptill’s 237*, Sehwag’s 219 and Gayle’s 215.

Players Runs Balls SR For Against Venue Match year
Rohit Sharma 264 173 152.6 India Sri Lanka Kolkata 2014
Martin Guptill 237* 163 145.39 New Zealand West Indies Wellington 2015
Virender Sehwag 219 149 146.97 India West Indies Indore 2011
Chris Gayle 215 147 146.25 West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 2015
Fakhar Zaman 210* 148 135.81 Pakistan Zimbabwe Bulawayo 2018
Rohit Sharma 209 158 132.27 India Australia Bengaluru 2013
Rohit Sharma 208* 153 135.94 India Sri Lanka Mohali 2017
Sachin Tendulkar 200* 147 136.05 India South Africa Gwalior 2010
Charles Coventry 194* 156 124.35 Zimbabwe Bangladesh Bulawayo 2009
Saeed Anwar 194 146 132.87 Pakistan India Chennai 1997
Viv Richards 189* 170 111.17 West Indies England Manchester 1984

The milestone of 200 came off Zaman’s 148th delivery as he slash one over the covers  for a four, and was celebrated by a glance skywards and a kiss of the helmet in front of a standing Pakistan dressing room.

Zaman, 28, has enjoyed a bumper tour of Zimbabwe. During the T20I tri-series also featuring Australia, he was Player of the Tournament for scoring 278 runs in five innings as Pakistan won the title. In four ODIs with Zimbabwe, he has reeled of scores of 60, 117*, 43* and now 210*. Stunningly, this double-century has come in his 17th ODI.

Zaman and Imam’s 304-run stand obliterated the previous highest opening partnership of 286 between Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga against England in 2006.