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Twitter proud of Imam-ul-Haq as he registers his second ODI century

At the moment Imam is batting on 122 which is his highest ODI score.

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Imam-ul-Haq of Pakistan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Imam-ul-Haq carries a heavy title with him, even before making a substantial impact at the highest level his name was doing rounds because he is Inzamam-ul-Haq’s nephew. He had a lot of pressure on him to justify his place in the Pakistan national team as his uncle selected him to open over all the other players who were in the reckoning. Though he has played on 3 Tests and 5 ODIs, Imam has justified his spot in the team and delivered every time the team has looked upto him.

He likes to take his time, understand the situation, the pitch and the bowling and then play his shots. Imam wasn’t included in the squad for the T20I tri-series in Zimbabwe but opened for them as soon as it was time for 50-overs cricket. The 22-year-old walked out to take strike with Fakhar Zaman as Pakistan elected to bat first.

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Imam was edgy to start with, a few really good appeals against him were turned down and then the opener got to his own. His timing was really good, he waited for the right balls to play his shots. He played the crisp drives, made room to hit the ball over and even pulled with commendable control when the ball was in his range. His shot-making and more than that the decisions to play the shots need an acknowledgement.

As a result Imam got to his 2nd ODI hundred in 100 balls. He isn’t the fastest among run-scorers as his strike-rate constantly flirts just around the 100 mark but is effective none the less.

Zimbabwe bowlers were pretty ordinary and he enjoyed batting almost all the way through. At the moment he’s batting on 120 from 124 balls and the team looks set to get a 320 like total. However at 243/3 in the 43rd over Imam and Pakistan will want someone around him to play the big shots and push the total beyond the projected 287.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to Imam’s knock in the 1st ODI:

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