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CWC 2023: Fakhar Zaman smashes fastest century in ODI World Cup history for Pakistan

Pakistan batter Fakhar Zaman has made a resounding impact on the cricketing world with his remarkable batting performance against New Zealand in Match 35 of the ODI World Cup 2023 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

In Pakistan’s pursuit of the massive target of 402 runs set by the Blackcaps, Zaman completed his century in just 63 balls. On the second delivery of 19th over, the southpaw elegantly guided the flatter delivery to the offside with a deft touch, securing a single that catapulted him into three-figure scores.

Notably, Zaman scripted history by registering  the fastest century by a Pakistani cricketer in the illustrious history of the ODI World Cup, elevating him to a level of distinction and setting a new benchmark in the cricketing world.

Fakhar Zaman’s high-standard performance in ODI World Cup 2023

Despite not getting too many chances in the playing XI, Zaman’s performance in the ongoing World Cup has been spectacular, showcasing his prowess as a top-tier batter. With a staggering 199 runs in just three innings, he has notched up an extraordinary average of 99.50. What truly sets the 33-year-old apart is his remarkable strike rate of 125.95, which reflects his ability to not only accumulate runs but also do so at an impressive pace. Zaman’s consistency, remarkable batting skills, and ability to accelerate the scoring rate have made him a pivotal player for the Pakistani team in the tournament.

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Top-five fastest hundreds by Pakistan players in ODI World Cups

  1.  Fakhar Zaman – 63 balls vs New Zealand – ODI World Cup 2023
  2.  Imran Nazir – 95 balls vs Zimbabwe – ODI World Cup 2007
  3.  Saleem Malik – 95 balls vs Sri Lanka – ODI World Cup 1987
  4.  Abdullah Shafique – 97 balls vs Sri Lanka – ODI World Cup 2023
  5.  Mohammad Rizwan – 97 balls vs Sri Lanka – ODI World Cup 2023

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