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Pakistan v Zimbabwe, by the numbers

A statistical-based look at Azhar Ali's history-making century and Pakistan's first series win under the reign of Waqar Younis

1 – Number of Pakistan captains who have scored a century in a successful chase in any form of international cricket.

Azhar Ali scored 102 in the second ODI against Zimbabwe while chasing 269 and became first from Pakistan to achieve this feat. The previous highest score by a Pakistan captain in ODIs was 97 not out by Aamer Sohail against India in Toronto in 1998.

In Tests it is 72 not out by Inzamam-ul-Haq against New Zealand in 2003 whereas in T20 Internationals it is 61 by Mohammad Hafeez against India in 2012.

One is also the number of Pakistan-born batsmen who have scored century against Pakistan in ODI cricket.

Sikandar Raza, who was born in Sialkot and now plays for Zimbabwe, became the first to do so with his unbeaten 100 against during the second ODI at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

There were number of unique records during the second ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe. One of them was Chamu Chibhabha becoming first Zimbabwean to be dismissed on 99 in ODIs.

Three others – Andy Flower, Alistair Campbell, Malcolm Waller – have been left stranded on 99 but Chibhabha was first to be dismissed one short of hundred.

Interestingly, when Chibhabha was dismissed in Lahore the commentator describing his dismissal was Alistair Campbell, who is the only Zimbabwean to be dismissed on 99 in Test cricket.

390The number of runs Azhar Ali has scored in five matches since becoming Pakistan's ODI captain.

The only batsman in history who had more runs than him in their first five ODIs as captain was New Zealand skipper Glenn Turner (396).

Azhar went pass AB de Villiers and Gautam Gambhir, who both had 329 runs after leading five times in ODIs.

84The number of balls Sikandar Raza took to complete his century, the third fastest by a Zimbabwean batsman. The second fastest is by Grant Flower against Kenya at Dhaka in 1999 whereas the fastest is by the recently retired Brendan Taylor against Ireland in the recent World Cup 2015 match in Hobart. It was also Raza’s first ton against a Test-playing team.

108The number of minutes Raza needed to reach hundred, making it the fastest ODI century by a Zimbabwe batsman in terms of time. The previous record was 111 minutes by Grant Flower against Kenya in 1999.

519Number of days since Pakistan last won an ODI series. Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by six wickets in the second match in Lahore to take a 2-0 lead in the three-game series. It is first time in 17 months they have won an ODI series.

The last series victory came against Sri Lanka in the UAE in December 2013. It was also the first time that Pakistan won a series since Waqar Younis’s appointment as coach in 2014.

25Of the wickets Wahab Riaz has taken in ODIs in 2015, five of them have come against Zimbabwe in the ongoing series.

The only bowlers who have more ODI wickets than the Pakistan paceman in 2015 are Trent Boult (30) and Mitchell Starc (34). Corey Anderson also has 25. All four of them are left-arm fast bowlers.

50Number of ODIs Pakistan and Zimbabwe have played against each other. Pakistan have won 45 while Zimbabwe three. There is a tie and one no-result as well.