Twitter Reactions: Fakhar Zaman makes 101 against Northamptonshire in the chase of 274
Fakhar Zaman, who had scored 76 in just 59 balls in the first match, got better with a century in this game.
Updated - Apr 29, 2019 10:41 pm
The Pakistan cricket team is currently in England playing practice matches before they start the one-off T20I and five-match ODI series against the World Cup 2019 hosts. They won their first match against Kent by 100 runs, after scoring 358 runs thanks to an unbeaten century from Iman Wasim and contributions from Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail.
Fakhar Zaman, who had scored 76 in just 59 balls in the first match, has now gone on to make a century, bettering his previous score. In the second match against Northamptonshire, the home county team elected to bat first after winning the toss. Mohammad Amir removed Richard Levi on the very first ball of the innings, setting the tone for the remainder of the match. But skipper Josh Cobb hit a brilliant 146* in 145 balls with 12 fours and 6 sixes and with contributions from Brett Hutton (27*) and Charlie Thurston (25), took the team to 273/6 in 50 overs.
Zaman hits a brilliant hundred
The reply from Pakistan came wonderfully well, as Imam-ul-Haq made 71 in 79 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes. But the Man of the moment was Fakhar Zaman, who slammed 101 in 81 balls with 15 fours and 1 six before he was bowled by Nathan Buck. The openers added 157 runs for the first wicket in 23 overs and gave a great platform for other batsmen to build upon and chase down a good looking total.
Fakhar’s innings was reminiscent of his innings against India in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, when he countered the swing and pace of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar to slam a match and tournament winning hundred. He will be a key to Pakistan’s success in the upcoming ODI series against England and the following ICC World Cup 2019. Twitter was all praises for the left-handed batsman, as his century has put his team in driver’s seat.
Here is how fans on Twitter reacted to the dashing batsman’s performance:
— Hasnain Shah (@Shahhasnain69) April 29, 2019
— Umair Naseer (@UN_99) April 29, 2019
Consistency of Imam will def be key for Pakistan in terms of opening stand but #FakharZaman is one major trump card in #CWC19.🏏🇵🇰 FZ is one who can make Bowlers feel pressure. Moment he scored fifty with over 100 StrikeRate, Pakistan will be favorites to put up a strong total.🔥
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) April 29, 2019
100 for Fakhar Zaman against Northamptonshire in practice match..!
— Cricket Castle (@CricCastle) April 29, 2019
Fakhar Zaman 101 off 79 balls against Northamptonshire, brings up his 10th List-A Century and 2nd on English soil.
The first being the all important hundred in the Champions Trophy Final Win in 2017. #PAKvNOR
— chowdri Ali Hamza (@iamalihamxa) April 29, 2019
In other news, Fakhar zaman scores a hundred against Northampton Shire while chasing 273 🙂#pakvsnts
— ⓘ◇ⓐ (@Being_imtiaz91) April 29, 2019
Fabulous century from Fakhar Zaman in 77 balls #bbccricket
— Alex Winter (@_alexwinter) April 29, 2019
Phla 💯 Fakhar Zaman ka…
England ki Sr zameen prr..
— 〽️ U B E E N cH 💞 (@Mubeen_says) April 29, 2019
Century for Fakhar Zaman. ❤️ #PAKvNOR
— Fahim Haider (@eagleray96) April 29, 2019
An in-form Fakhar Zaman could be the best possible thing for Pakistan ahead of the ODI series vs England & the World Cup.
— YK (@_SportTalk) April 29, 2019
A well made 100 by Fakhar Zaman along with Imam-ul-Haq 53* in 53 balls so far,Pak 161/1 in 22 overs vs Northants
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) April 29, 2019