SA vs PAK 3rd ODI: Fakhar Zaman smashed back to back centuries, for first time in his carrier
Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is in the form of his life as he smashed a century in the third ODI against South Africa on Wednesday (April 7) in Centurion Park. Notably, it is Zaman’s second ton in a row as he hit 193 in the second ODI, which went in vain as Pakistan lost the game by 17 runs.
Talking about the third and final ODI of the series, Zaman took 99 balls to complete his fifth ODI century which included nine fours and three sixes. Also, with this ton, Zaman has recorded back-to-back ODI centuries for the first time in his career.
However, the 30-year-old southpaw couldn’t remain at the crease for long after completing the ton as he was removed for 101 by South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj.
The only double-centurion in ODIs for Pakistan, Zaman was on his way to becoming just the second player in history to score multiple ODI double centuries after India’s Rohit Sharma, but missed the feat by seven runs getting run out in the final over.
Nonetheless, it takes nothing away from the fact that Zaman played one of the most entertaining knocks in ODI cricket that comes to recent memory. Zaman’s 193 is the highest individual innings registered by a batsman in ODIs in a chase, and although it wasn’t enough to get Pakistan over the line, the innings was a testament and a blueprint of a top-order batsman rallying with the lower order.
Interestingly, the innings was the highest by a batsman from a team batting second.
The three-match series between South Africa and Pakistan is currently tied at 1-1 and the winner of the ongoing 3rd ODI will clinch the series.