Azhar Ali's unique County feat and Bangladesh's first ODI series win outside home in 9 years
515 – The number of runs scored by Fakhar Zaman in the ODI series against Zimbabwe, the second highest tally in a bilateral series and highest in a 5-match series. The Pakistan opener scored 515 runs at an average of 257.50 with the help of two centuries. The only batsman who has scored more runs in a series is India’s Virat Kohli who aggregated 558 runs against South Africa at the start of the year in a 6-match ODI series. The previous highest by a Pakistan batsman was 451 by Salman Butt (scored against Bangladesh in 2008).
455 – The number of runs scored by Fakhar without being dismissed, the highest ever tally by a batsman between two dismissals in ODI history. After getting out for 60 in the first ODI, Fakhar scored 117 not out, 43 not out, 210 not out in the next three ODIs and was finally dismissed after scoring 85 in the last ODI. The previous record for most runs between two dismissals was also by a Pakistan batsman, Mohammad Yousuf, in 2002.
7 – The number of times Pakistan have won an ODI series 5-0, the most by any team in ODI history going past India’s record of six series wins. Pakistan also beat Sri Lanka 5-0 in the UAE last year. In 2008, Pakistan beat Bangladesh and Zimbabwe 5-0 at home whereas New Zealand and Bangladesh were clean-swept 5-0 in Pakistan in 2003. Pakistan’s first ever 5-0 series win was against Zimbabwe in 2002.
704 – The number of runs scored by Fakhar and Imam-ul-Haq together, the highest aggregate between openers in a bilateral ODI series and second highest in any series or tournament. In five innings together, the Pakistan opening duo scored 704 runs at an average of 140.80 with the help of four hundred-plus partnerships. The only opening pair to accumulate more runs in a series/tournament is Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga who amassed 800 runs in nine innings in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in the subcontinent.
1 – Azhar Ali scored 125 runs in his maiden appearance for Somerset to become the first ever Pakistani batsman to score century on debut in the county championship. Azhar, who also made his Test debut in England in 2010, achieved the unique feat last week when he followed his 37 in the first innings with 125 in the second against Worcestershire at New Road to help Somerset win the match by 141 runs. 20 other Test cricketers from Pakistan have scored century in the county championship but none of them did on debut.
35 – The number of balls taken by Martin Guptill to score a century in the Vitality T20 blast, the fastest in T20s by a New Zealander and equal-fourth fastest in T20 history. Playing for Worcestershire, the opening batsman slammed a hundred off 35 balls with 12 fours and 7 sixes against Northamptonshire on Friday. Only Andrew Symonds (34 balls), Rishabh Pant (32) and Chris Gayle (30) have scored a 100 off less than 35 balls in T20s. Symonds holds the record for the fastest 100 in England’s domestic T20s. The previous fastest 100 by a Kiwi batsman was off 37 balls by Scott Styris for Sussex against Gloucestershire in 2012.
9 – The number of years after which Bangladesh won an ODI series outside home. They defeated Windies in a three-match series by 2-1 making it their first overseas series win since 2009 when they beat Zimbabwe by 4-1 in a five-match series. Before beating Windies, Bangladesh had gone 11 consecutive overseas bilateral series without winning.
55 – Bangladesh’s win percentage in ODIs since Cricket World Cup 2015. They have won 22 out of 40 completed matches in that period. Their win percentage (55.00) surprisingly is better than the World Champions Australia (47.36%) who have won 27 out of 57 completed ODIs. In the last three years, Bangladesh have won a series against Pakistan, India, South Africa, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and now Windies.