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.