New Delhi: Amidst the noise of IPL 2023 in India, ODI cricket continues across the border in Pakistan. A match full of runs is being seen between Pakistan and New Zealand. In the first two matches of the 5 ODI series, the Pak team is ahead 2-0. He won the second match by a margin of 7 wickets chasing his second biggest target in ODI cricket. In this run chase of Pakistan, the role of Fakhar Zaman, who equals Rohit Sharma, was important.
In the match, New Zealand batted first and scored 336 runs for 5 wickets in 50 overs on the basis of Darryl Mitchell’s century. Darryl Mitchell scored 129 runs in 119 balls. At the same time, team captain Tom Latham scored 98 runs. The target of 336 runs for Pakistan was difficult, but not impossible because it had made a bigger runchase last year.
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Fakhar Zaman’s century and Rohit’s record equal
Pakistan’s opener Fakhar Zaman gave them the start they needed to chase down the target. Fakhar Zaman opened the innings against New Zealand and scored 180 not out in 144 balls. During this, he hit 17 fours and 6 sixes. This is Fakhar Zaman’s third consecutive century in ODIs. At the same time, this is the 10th century of his ODI career.
During this inning, Fakhar Zaman joined the group of batsmen who scored the fastest 3000 runs in ODI cricket. Apart from this, he also equaled a record of Rohit Sharma. Like Rohit, he too has now become the first batsman to score 180 or more runs in ODIs thrice.
Celebrating in style!
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Pakistan did its second biggest chase
Fakhar Zaman wrote the script of Pakistan’s victory in the second ODI 4 balls earlier by playing his smoky innings which equaled Rohit’s record. Pakistan achieved the target of 337 runs in 49.2 overs. This is Pakistan’s second biggest chase in ODI cricket. Whereas he did the biggest chase in the match played against Australia in Lahore last year.
No further defeat for New Zealand!
The series has become exciting after the first two ODIs were named after Pakistan. Now in the series of 5 ODIs, every match will be like do or die for New Zealand. At the same time, the title of Pakistan can be won by just one win.
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