Sunday Apr 04, 2021
Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman missed out on the second ODI double century of his career on Sunday in Pakistan's 17-run defeat to South Africa.
The 30-year-old batsman scored 193 off 155 to launch a fightback that brought Pakistan close to chasing the mammoth 342-run target before being run out on the first ball of the final over.
Although Fakhar couldn’t win the game for his team, he got his name entered in several record books.
His score of 193 was the highest ever by any batsman in ODI run chases, surpassing Australia’s Shane Watson, who had scored 185 vs Bangladesh in 2011.
It was also the highest individual score by a Pakistani batsman in an ODI against South Africa. The previous best was 135 by Saleem Elahi in 2002.
Furthermore, the score was the highest by a visiting team’s batsman in South Africa against South Africa. The record was previously held by David Warner, who had scored 173 in Cape Town in 2016.
Fakhar's 193 was also the second best by any team at any venue against South Africa after the unbeaten 200 by Sachin Tendulkar at Gwalior in 2010.
He smashed 10 sixes in his innings to become only the third batsman to hit ten or more shots for maximum against South Africa in a single knock. Martin Guptil, with 11 sixes, leads the chart while Abdul Razzaq had also smashed 10 sixes during his famous 109* at Abu Dhabi in 2010.
The innings lasted for 224 minutes, which is the longest innings in terms of minutes in South Africa by a non-South African batsman.
Fakhar's memorable knock was also second-highest individual score in a losing cause after 194* by Zimbabwe’s Charles Coventry against Bangladesh in 2009.