Pakistan’s thumping 244-run win in the record-breaking fourth ODI against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo last week was their second-biggest in ODI history, and their sixth by a margin of more than 200 runs. Here is a look back at Pakistan’s five biggest ODI wins in terms of runs.
Beat Ireland by 255 runs, First ODI, Dublin, 2016
Unlike previous occasions, Ireland failed to challenge Pakistan, as the subcontinental giants romped to their largest ODI win in a rain-reduced 47-over game at Malahide. The tone was set by opener Sharjeel Khan, who blitzed 152 in 86 balls, lit with 16 fours and nine sixes, to steer Pakistan to 337/6. The hosts crumbled for 82 in the 24th over, succumbing to left-arm spinner Imad Wasim (5/14).
Beat Zimbabwe by 244 runs, Fourth ODI, Bulawayo, 2018
Having already sealed the series with wins in the first three games, Pakistan added salt to Zimbabwe’s wounds with a colossal display. A new world-record opening stand of 304 between Fakhar Zaman (210*) and Imam-ul-Haq (113) powered Pakistan to their highest ODI total of 399/1. Fakhar became the first Pakistani to score an ODI double ton. The deflated Zimbabwe slid to 67/5 before folding for 155.
Ireland’s Niall O’Brien is out stumped by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed during Pakistan’s crushing 255-run victory at Dublin in 2016 (source – AFP)
Beat Bangladesh by 233 runs, Asia Cup League Stage, Dhaka, 2000
This was Pakistan’s first ODI win by over 200 runs, bettering their 192-run win against Sri Lanka at the 1975 World Cup. Imran Nazir and Yousuf Youhana both scored 80, while Inzamam-ul-Haq smashed 75, as Pakistan piled up 320/3. In reply, Bangladesh collapsed from 47/1 to 87 all out, with Abdul Razzaq taking 3/5. Pakistan went on to win the Asia Cup for the first time, beating Sri Lanka in the final.
Beat Sri Lanka by 217 runs, Sharjah Cup Final, Sharjah, 2001-02
Pakistan had lost twice to Sri Lanka in the group stage of the Sharjah Cup, but resoundingly turned the tables in the final. A fifth-wicket stand of 155 between Yousuf Youhana (129) and Younis Khan (66) took Pakistan to 295/6, after which the pace trio of Wasim Akram, captain Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar unleashed their fury. The shell-shocked Sri Lankans capitulated for 78 in just 16.5 overs.
Beat Kenya by 205 runs, World Cup Group Stage, Hambantota, 2010-11
Pakistan began their 2011 World Cup campaign with a massive win against Kenya. The Kenyans had Pakistan at 12/2 in the seventh over, but fifties from Kamran Akmal (55), Younis Khan (50), Misbah-ul-Haq (65) and Umar Akmal (71) ensured a strong total of 317/7. Despite a resistant 47 from Collins Obuya, Kenya were never in the hunt, and were condemned to 112 by the leg-spin of captain Shahid Afridi (5/16).