Imam-ul-Haq breaks Kapil Dev’s 36-year-old record in third ODI against England


Imam-ul-Haq became the youngest batsman to score 150 or more in an ODI innings when he slammed 151 off 131 balls during the third ODI encounter against England in Bristol on Tuesday.

At 23 years and 153 days old, Imam claimed the record that was previously held by former India skipper Kapil Dev who scored 175* against Zimbabwe in 1983 at the age of 24.

Pakistan rode on brilliant 151 from opener Imam-ul-Haq as they posted 358/9 in their stipulated quota of 50 overs. Imam surpassed his previous ODI best of 128 which came against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo last year.

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The 23-year-old’s innings was the highest individual score by a Pakistan batsman against England in an ODI, surpassing the 138 made by Fakhar Zaman at Southampton.

Asif Ali also scored a brisk half century, collecting 52 runs from 43 balls.

England hardly had to break any sweat as Bairstow scored a commanding 128, helping his side reach the target with more than five overs to spare. Bairstow’s hundred came off 74 balls. It was his fourth-quickest in ODIs.

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He was well supported by Jason Roy, who scored 76 off 55 balls, and the duo stitched a 159-run opening partnership in 18 overs.

Other noticeable contributions came from Joe Root, who made 43, and Moeen Ali, who remained not out at 46, alongside skipper Eoin Morgan (17*).

(With agency inputs)

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