Fakhar double ton headlines Pakistan demolition of Zimbabwe
Fakhar Zaman became the first Pakistan batsman to slam a double hundred in an ODI on Friday to set up a 244 run win over Zimbabwe.
The opener shared a 304 run opening stand with partner Imam-ul-Haq who was happy to play a supporting role to the blaster Fakhar.
Imam (113) fell to Wellington Masakadza in the 42nd over prompting skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to send in finisher Asif Ali.
Asif (50*) and Fakhar (210*) blitzed 95 runs off the remaining eight overs to lift Pakistan to 399 for 1 in their fifty overs.
Zimbabwe were never in the game during their chase, starting slowly and losing wickets at an alarming rate they slipped to 67 for 5 in the 19th over before a 69 run partnership between Elton Chigumbura (37) and Donald Tiripano (44) added a vague hint of respectability to the score.
The home side proved no match for the wiles of Shadab Khan who picked up 4 for 28 as Zimbabwe fell to 155 all out to give Pakistan theeir second largest ODI victory by runs.
Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza said after the defeat: “Isn’t getting any easier. We were really never in the game. Fakhar played very well. It didn’t help that we didn’t field well. We fell short in all three departments today. It was always going to be difficult to pace yourself while chasing 400. You have to give yourself a look in. Hopefully, we can turn up on Sunday and play some better cricket.”
Second ODI: South Africa vs India – Live scoreboard
Follow South Africa vs India live!
T20 World Cup
T20 World Cup 2022: England to face Afghanistan in first round
The fixtures also include a re-match of the 2021 semi-final between England and New Zealand.
ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup
ICC Under 19 World Cup: Pakistan progress and Bangladesh find mojo
Pakistan reach the knockouts.
T20 World Cup in Australia: All the fixtures and venues
All the 2022 T20 World Cup fixtures.
England in the West Indies: Jason Roy says 36-ball century in Barbados is a ‘bonus’
The England has drawn a line under the painful injury which prematurely ended his T20 World Cup.
Indian Premier League
Indian Premier League: IPL Mega Auction Date and Venue
IPL Mega Auction details.
England Cricket has no ‘silver bullet’ to fix red-ball cricket as 2022 fixtures released
The season is set to start on April 7, with four successive weeks of red-ball matches, and finish on September 26 – with no championship fixtures in A
South Africa coach Mark Boucher charged with gross misconduct
Mark Boucher has been accused of discrimination.
Tahlia McGrath’s match-winning innings one of the best I’ve seen – Tammy Beaumont
Australia drew first blood in the Women’s Ashes against England.
Women’s Ashes: England lose opener as Tahlia McGrath stars for Australia
The all-rounder took three for 26 and then hit a match-winning 91 not out.