Imam-ul-Haq Set a Record for Consecutive Fifty in ODI
Pakistan Left-arm opener Imam ul haq set a record for seven consecutive fifty in ODIs and becomes the second batsman in the world to achieve this feat. Javed Miandad holds the world record of 50 in 9 consecutive ODIs in 1986.
Mark Waugh, Gordon Greenidge, Andrew Jones, Mohamed Youssef, Chris Gayle, Shy Hope, Paul Sterling, Ross Taylor, Kane Williams and Babar Azam also have a record of 50 in six consecutive ODIs.
As the nephew of former captain and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imam-ul-Haq has had to listen to many comments, including kinship, since the beginning of his career. However, Imam is regularly proving that he has the ability to give some great gifts to the team like his uncle.
In the last three matches of the ODI series against the West Indies, he has won the series best award by playing an innings of fifty runs. Not only that, he has set a unique record by making fifty in seven consecutive ODIs. Which is the only batter in the world.
Before the start of the series, everything was talking about Babar Azam. The Pakistani captain scored a hat-trick of ODI centuries for the second time in the first match. In the next match too, he played a 6-run innings and set a record of six fifties in a row.
Imam also drove the sixth fifty in a row that day. But it was covered under the light of Babar. However, Imam has surpassed Babar by playing an innings of 72 runs in the last match. His innings in the last seven matches are 72, 56, 103, 106, 69, 65 and 72 runs.
Pakistan and West Indies have met in the third and ODI of the series. Two teams are fighting in Multan. Where Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. But the team is not in a very convenient position. Even after a great start, the team is losing a few wickets quickly.
Batting first, Pakistan got a great pair of 85 runs in 16.4 overs. However, the team is in danger after breaking the pair. Captain Babar Azam, Harris and Mohammad Rizwan also returned quickly with the two openers. The most amazing thing is that Caribbean captain Nicholas Pooran took 4 wickets alone.
Pooran, who has captained the side for a full term, has previously played 99 international matches for the Caribbean, but has bowled only once. And that too only 3 balls. But this time he picked up the ball with his own hands and destroyed Pakistan’s batting line-up.
He took the wickets of Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris and Mohammad Rizwan one by one with off-spin. Although Marquette is popular for batting as well as wicketkeeping and fielding, he showed a different form today. He took 4 wickets for 47 runs in 10 overs. Which is the best of his career.
Hayden Walsh picked up the wicket of Babar Azam in between. Babar returned to the dressing room with only 1 run. This is not the first time he has seen a fifty after nine consecutive international innings of his career. And after six innings in a row in ODIs, he could not complete 50 runs.
But even if Babar could not, Imam Ul Haq did. Imam-ul-haq has scored fifty runs in 7 consecutive innings in ODIs which is a record in the history of cricket. This left-arm batsman is at number two in the list of batsmen who have scored fifty in so many consecutive matches. Imam’s compatriot Javed Miandad is at the top of the list with an average of 50 runs in 9 consecutive ODIs.
Despite being in second place alone, Imam still has that opportunity to set a world record. The Pakistani star played an innings of 72 runs in this match against the Caribbeans. After hitting his 14th fifty in his career, he was dismissed for 72 off 6 balls with 6 boundaries and 1 six.
At the time of writing, Pakistan had scored 152 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 32 overs. Khushdil Shah (14) and Shadab Khan (21) are now trying to take the helm of the team.
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