Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 4th ODI: It was my day: Fakhar Zaman

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is having the time of his life in Zimbabwe and after reeling of scores of 47, 73, 91, 60, 117*, 43* in the previous six ODIs in the country, the 28-year-old hit a historic double-century, becoming the first player from Pakistan and only sixth overall to reach the milestone.

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And what did the maverick batsman had to say about his special knock? Well, it was his day. Nothing less, nothing more. “I think today was my day,” said Fakhar after Pakistan registered a massive 244-run win over Zimbabwe in the 4th ODI on Friday at the  Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo.

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He combined with fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq for a 304-run stand for the opening wicket and in the process the duo not only broke the record for the highest-ever partnership for opening wicket, they became the first opening pair to registered a 300 plus stand. Their effort puts them in the 4th position in the highest-ever partnership for any wicket.

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“Imam played really well in the start and he supported me well, said Zaman on his partner Imam’s effort who scored 113.

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The Mardan-born player, only 17 ODIs old also broke the long-standing Pakistan record of the highest individual score of 194 set by the legendary Saeed Anwar against India in 1997.

“I knew about Saeed’s record,” revealed Zaman, adding “Mickey [Arthur] told us before toss that if we win toss we are going to bat and he asked me to score a double ton. He was telling me the same thing two days before as well.”

With one more ODI to go, Pakistan will be eying a 5-0 whitewash, and as for Zaman, he just wants to keep on batting. “I’ll try not to give them (middle-order batsmen) the chance in the next game,” he added.